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Shannen Doherty may have a bad-girl reputation, but she's good to her fans.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star called the police last month to help a Twitter follower who had been threatening suicide. Though she kept her intervention discreet, the 911 call has just been gone public via TMZ. Listen to the recording below.
Doherty called 911 in response to a fan who was tweeting disturbing messages, saying that she had a gun and was going to take her own life. The emergency line patched the actress through to the woman's hometown of Westhampton, New Jersey, where Doherty attempted to explain the situation to local police.
"This is going to sound incredibly strange, because it does to me as well... my name is Shannen Doherty and I'm an actress," she said. "I'm on Twitter, sadly, and there is a girl that is threatening to shoot herself and she lives somewhere over there."
"I have no idea of the correct response," Doherty continued calmly. "I'm completely untrained to deal with somebody threatening to commit suicide, especially via Twitter. I know that she has stated that she has a gun and is going to shoot herself."
The actress explained that this particular Twitter user had a history of "aggressive" and "erratic" behavior towards her, and that her security team had advised her to block the woman in the past. "I haven't done it, because I felt bad for her, to be honest," she admitted. "But at the same time, I'm now sitting here freaking out... and I can't even do anything."
After helping the police locate an address and phone number, Doherty stayed on the line to make sure that the woman was alright. While the dispatcher waited for the officers to report back, he admitted that the Westhampton police were big fans. "All my coworkers can't believe who I'm on the phone with," said the officer. "Well, tell them hi. And thank you!" Doherty responded with a laugh.
According to TMZ, the 27-year-old fan was fine and "had no intentions of actually harming herself." And Doherty, who thanked the Westhampton police department on Twitter after the incident, was shocked to learn that the recording had been leaked. "I am shocked and horrified that the 911 call was released. Exploitive to the girl and uncalled for. Where is privacy in this country?" she tweeted on Sunday. "But thank you to all for your kind thoughts. Love you guys."