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Monday Aug 15 2022
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Reuters

Scotland's police investigate threat made to JK Rowling after Rushdie tweet

By
Reuters
Writer J.K. Rowling attends the British premiere of Fantastic Beasts: November 13, 2018. REUTERS
Writer J.K. Rowling attends the British premiere of 'Fantastic Beasts: November 13, 2018. REUTERS
  • Scotland's police say they are investigating a report of an "online threat to author JK Rowling.
  • Harry Potter creator says she felt "very sick."
  • Rowling had condemned the stabbing of Salman Rushdie.


LONDON: Scotland's police said on Sunday they are investigating a report of an "online threat" made to the author JK Rowling after she tweeted her condemnation of the stabbing of Salman Rushdie.

The Harry Potter creator said she felt "very sick" after hearing the news and hoped the novelist would "be OK".

In response, a user said, "don't worry you are next."

Rowling responded to the threatening tweet by saying, "To all sending supportive messages: thank you. The police are involved (they were already involved on other threats)."

A spokeswoman for Scotland's police said: "We have received a report of an online threat being made and officers are carrying out enquiries."

Rushdie, 75, was set to deliver a lecture on artistic freedom on Friday in western New York when a man rushed the stage and stabbed the Indian-born writer, who has lived with a bounty on his head since his 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses" prompted Iran to urge Muslims to kill him.

Following hours of surgery, Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak as of Friday evening. The novelist was likely to lose an eye and had nerve damage in his arm and wounds to his liver.

The accused attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a court appearance on Saturday.

Rowling has in the past been criticised by trans activists who have accused her of transphobia.