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Sherri Shepherd calls police over bullying
Sherri Shepherd. Picture: Reuters/Larry Downing.

Actress Sherri Shepherd turned to the police on Wednesday to file a report after receiving a number of disturbing messages via Twitter.com.

The TV personality and Precious star sought help from authorities in New York over the nasty posts on the social networking site.

She retweeted a message that read "Somebody should drag Shepherd in a back alley and rape her", to which she responded: "I am going 2 file a police report 4U threatening me. And so help me God, when I find out where u live, charges will follow."

After a few hours, she added, "Just returned from filing a police report for this online harassment nonsense. I will be pursuing this legally."

Shepherd then told her followers, "Online bullying needs 2 stop on Twitter - children are dying b/c they don't know how to combat cowards like this... Bullying has gotten out of hand & it's breaking my heart that kids are out here having to deal with it."