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The ongoing attacks on television journalist Gayle King sparked the hashtag #IStandWithGayle on Twitter.com on Sunday.

The drama started when CBS released a promo clip for King's interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, 47.

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Screenshots: CBS This Morning

King, 65, came under fire when she asked Leslie to comment on Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation. Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

Bryant released a statement acknowledging he may have submitted the teenager to sexual activity without her consent.

Rapper Snoop Dogg incurred the wrath of intellectuals and women's rights advocates when he threatened King, which encouraged his followers to make death threats against King.

Snoop later backtracked, saying he meant no harm to King. Snoop, who was acquitted of murder, added he is "non-violent".

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