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Leslie Jones: 'I'm used to the insults'

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Leslie Jones: 'I'm used to the insults'

Leslie Jones says she is used to racist insults.

The 48-year-old actress recently quit Twitter for a few days after being subjected to horrendous abuse online but sadly, Leslie says it is nothing new.

Speaking to chat show host Seth Meyers, she said: "The insults didn't hurt me. Unfortunately, I'm used to the insults.

"[What scared me] was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.

"They really believe in what they believe in and it's so mean!"

Earlier in the week, Leslie said she was in a "personal hell" over the messages she had received.

The 'Ghostbusters' star retweeted some of the messages, which included calling her an "ape", a "big lipped coon" and "the source of AIDS" and after pleading with Twitter to do something, CEO Jack Dorsey worked to help her get some of the users removed from the micro-blogging site.

She explained: "It was one of those things of, 'If I didn't say anything, nobody would have ever have known about this. We got a whole bunch of accounts taken off of Twitter because it's not right.

"Hey, hate speech and freedom of speech - two different things."

Twitter said in a statement: "People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Over the past 48 hours in particular, we've seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension."