U.K. Police Investigate Online Threat to J.K. Rowling

British authorities said on Sunday they were investigating online threats to author J.K.

Hours after the attack on Mr. Rushdie, Mr. Rushdie was stabbed about 10 times as he was preparing to speak at the Chautauqua Institute. tweeted condolencesShe first took to Twitter to write “horrible news” before adding: let him be okay

In response, a user with the handle @MeerAsifAziz1 replied, “Don’t worry next time.”

The account remained active as of Sunday afternoon, but the tweet was later deleted.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said authorities had received reports of online threats against Ms Rowling and an investigation was underway.

On Saturday, Rowling, 57, who wrote the award-winning Harry Potter book, attacked Twitter for allowing the social media accounts that made the threat to remain active.

“@TwitterSupport these are your guidelines, right?” she wrote“Violence: You shall not threaten to commit violence against any individual or group, nor shall you glorify violence…”

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Sunday, Warner Bros. Discovery, the entertainment company behind the “Harry Potter” adaptations, released a statement condemning the attack on Ms. Rowling.

“We stand by her and all the writers, storytellers and creators who bravely express their creativity and voice,” the company said in a statement, sending its condolences to Rushdie and his family. expressed.

“The company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation where opinions, beliefs or ideas may differ,” the statement said.

Mr. Rushdie went into hiding in 1989, shortly after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verse. The book, which contains a fictional depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, brought a fatwa, or religious edict, from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which angered many Muslims and prompted Muslims to kill the author. rice field. In 1998, the country’s president said Iran no longer supported the decree.

As Rushdie was preparing to speak at the Chautauqua Institution, a man later identified by police as Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, burst onto the stage and stabbed him. He has been admitted to the hospital, and his agent said he was recovering on Sunday.

Mattar has pleaded not guilty to the attack.

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