JK Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" in London on March 29, 2022. (SCOTT GARFITT / AP)
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.
Salman 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
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".
After sharing screenshots of the threatening tweet, Rowling said: "To all sending supportive messages: thank you police are involved (were already involved on other threats)".
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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.
In this file photo taken on Nov16, 2012, British author Salman Rushdie takes part in the TV show "Le grand journal" on a set of French TV Canal+ in Paris.
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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.
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Rowling has in the past been criticized by trans activists who have accused her of transphobia.