PHILADELPHIA — The former TV reporter whose profanity-laden tirade against a police officer went viral would like to apologize to the officer she berated.

But Philadelphia Police don't want to hear it, at least for now.

"Miss (Colleen) Campbell is a defendant in an upcoming criminal proceeding. It would not be appropriate to comment on her apology," the Philadelphia Police public affairs office told New Jersey 101.5 in an email.

The Woodbury native, who was a reporter for television station PHL 17 was caught on video cursing by comedian Wil Sylvince after his show at the Helium comedy club in Philadelphia on Sunday night. The video went hugely viral and had 3.5 million views as of Wednesday afternoon.

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In a statement issued through her attorney quoted by several news publications,  Campbell said she is "ashamed and embarrassed" by her actions and called them "profane, inappropriate and offensive."

The Temple graduate said her actions "do not reflect the person I am or how I was raised. The person in that video is not the real me."

"I would like to apologize to the Philadelphia police officer who bore the brunt of my outburst, the entire Philadelphia Police Department for their patience, my former employers and coworkers whom I have let down, and my fellow patrons at Helium Comedy Club whose night out I might have disrupted," she said.

She said she may have been drugged at the club, but was not tested. She said police told her it would only delay her release.

She said she is "hopeful that the Philadelphia police officer who dealt with me Sunday night will allow me to apologize to him in person and express to him how truly sorry I am for what transpired."

The officer in the video calmly listened to Campbell berate police with extremely foul language.

Campbell was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.

The Devil's Den bar where Campbell worked has also fired her from the "one or two shifts" she worked per week, according to a post on Facebook page.

"We have the highest respect and regards for police officers and do not agree or condone her actions," the bar wrote.

Family spokesman Wayne Pollack told Campbell has received "lewd and threatening phone calls, texts, messages and emails."

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