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

The authorities in the United Kingdom said on Sunday that they were investigating an online threat against the author J.K. Rowling after she offered support on social media to Salman Rushdie, the novelist who was attacked last week at an event in western New York. 

Hours after the attack on Mr. Rushdie, who was stabbed roughly 10 times as he prepared to speak at the Chautauqua Institution, Ms. Rowling tweeted her condolences. She first wrote on Twitter, “Horrifying news,” then added: “Feeling very sick right now. Let him be OK.”

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

The tweet was later deleted, and the account was suspended by Sunday evening. 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said that the authorities had received a report of an online threat against Ms. Rowling and that an investigation was ongoing. 

On Saturday, Ms. Rowling, 57, who wrote the award-winning “Harry Potter” books, assailed Twitter…

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This article was written by Kurtis Lee and originally published on www.nytimes.com