Trolls leak Felicia Day's address after she shares Gamergate fears 

click to enlarge Felicia Day's post about online harassment Wednesday night was met with immediate harassment.
  • Felicia Day's post about online harassment Wednesday night was met with immediate harassment.

'Supernatural" star and avid video gamer Felicia Day treaded carefully into an explosive gaming controversy that has revealed the ugliest side of the Internet in recent weeks. But the dynamite went off anyway.

Shortly after she posted Wednesday night about her fears of becoming a target for even mentioning "Gamergate" -- in which online bullies have harassed prominent female gamers and driven them from their homes with threats of rape and death -- her private information was publicly released, an act known as "doxxing."

"I am terrified to be doxxed for even typing the words 'Gamer Gate,'" Day had written on her website. "I have had stalkers and restraining orders issued in the past .... to have my location revealed to the world would give a entry point for a few mentally ill people who have fixated on me, and allow them to show up and make good on [threats]."

Minutes later, a commenter apparently published Day's address and email. The post has since been deleted and comments closed.

Gamergate started in August, ostensibly as outrage over one female game producer allegedly offering sexual favors to gaming journalists, but has devolved into attacks on anybody with two X chromosomes, according to the U.K.'s Guardian, which reported on the release of Day's information.

NFL punter and hardcore gamer Chris Kluwe, who was briefly signed by the Raiders last year, has previously lashed out at Web trolls, calling them "basement-dwelling sweatbeasts" and "slopebrowed weaseld---s." On Wednesday, he condemned them for harassing Day.

"None of you f---ing #gamergate tools tried to dox me, even after I tore you a new one. I'm not even a tough target," Kluwe tweeted. "Instead, you go after a woman who wrote why your movement concerns her."

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