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‘You are next’: JK Rowling receives death threat after supporting stabbed author Salman…

August 13, 2022, 4:21 PM | Updated: August 13, 2022, 17:00

JK Rowling has said she is cooperating with police after receiving a death threat.

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JK Rowling has said she is cooperating with police after receiving a death threat following her response to a tweet about Sir Salman Rushdie’s attack in New York.

The 57-year-old Harry Potter author shared screenshots to Twitter of a message from a user who wrote: “Don’t worry, you’re next” in response to her tweet that she felt “very sick” after hearing the news and hoped the novelist would. “be good”.

The Twitter user described himself as a “student, social activist, political activist and research activist” who has previously expressed support for Tehran’s theocratic dictator and labeled Israel, Ukraine and India as “terrorist states”.

Rowling tagged Twitter’s support account in the post, saying, “Can you get some support?”

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She later told her followers about the situation: “To everyone who sends supportive messages: Thank you.

“Police are involved (already involved in other threats).”

Read more: Salman Rushdie on a ventilator and may lose an eye after being stabbed on stage in New York, officer says

The famous author has previously received death threats for her views on transgender rights.

Rowling is one of the authors and notable faces who have expressed their disbelief after Sir Salman was stabbed on stage in upstate New York.

The Indian-born British author, 75, whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was said to be giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute when the incident took place, leaving him with an apparent stab wound to his neck.

He is on a ventilator and may lose an eye and has suffered nerve damage to his arm and liver, according to the New York Times.

On Friday, New York State Police named suspected attacker Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, who was taken into custody following the incident.

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Read more: Police identify suspect after Salman stabbed Rushdie in the neck and abdomen while onstage at a New York event

Since the suspect was identified, people have speculated on social media whether the attack was related to Iran’s former leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who had previously issued a fatwa calling for his death.

The call was made after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses, which has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemous.

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