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  • JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter series, received 'death threats' on Twitter
  • Rowling condemned the attack on Salman Rushdie in a tweet
  • She has been mired in controverssy over her stand on transgenders

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'You are next': Twitter user 'threatens' Harry Potter author JK Rowling over her tweet on Rushdie attack

According to the screenshots shared by Rowling, the Twitter handle which issued the 'death threat' had also praised Rushdie's attacker.

JK Rowling, the author of the famed Harry Potter series, received 'death threats' on Twitter following her tweet on the attack on Salman Rushdie in New York.

She took to the microblogging platform to share screenshots of the 'threatening' tweets from a user.

In response to a tweet wherein 57-year-old Rowling was expressing her distress over the news of Rushdie's attack calling it “horrifying news” a user commented, “Don't worry you are next”.

The writer shared the screenshots of the replies from the user, and tagged Twitter Support's account seeking support. She wrote, “any chance of some support."

According to the screenshots, the Twitter handle which issued the 'death threat' had also praised Rushdie's attacker.

The tweet read, “The name of this man is hadi matar. He is a revolutionary Shia fighter followed the fatwa of late ayatollah rohullah khomenei”.

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After receiving support online, Rowling thanked her supporters in the same thread and informed that the police were investigating the issue.

“To all sending supportive messages: thank you. Police are involved (were already involved on other threats),” she wrote.

Rowling later shared a screenshot of Twitter's feedback after she reported the user, which stated that there were “no violations of the Twitter rules” in the comment.

The British author has of late been mired in controversies over her stand on transgenders that has left the LGBTQ+ community upset.

Salman Rushdie, the author of the controversial book 'The Satanic Verses', suffered life threatening injuries after he was stabbed by Hadi Matar, who apparently sympathised with Shia extremism and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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