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Bob Dylan charged in France over Croatia remarks

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:42 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2013

PARIS » French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

The charges of "public insult and inciting hate" were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said today.

They stem from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over remarks in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in September 2012.

Speaking about race relations in the United States, Dylan was quoted as saying: "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."

A lawyer for the Croatian group, Ivan Jurasinovic, said it is not seeking monetary damages but wants Dylan, "a singer who is liked and respected in Croatia, to present an apology to the Croatian people."

He said the Croatian community in France was upset by the remarks, but said he did not know why Croatians in Croatia or the United States, where Rolling Stone is based, have not filed similar suits. France, home to about 30,000 Croatians, has strict laws punishing hate speech and racist remarks.

Representatives for Dylan, who performs in France regularly, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The charges were filed two days before Dylan received a French government honor at the Culture Ministry Nov. 13 but were not publicly confirmed until this week.

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onevoice82 wrote:
on December 3,2013 | 04:19AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, but their laws prohibit racial slander. Obama would be in jail if the laws applied here.
on December 3,2013 | 05:01AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Whom, pray tell, has Obama "racially slandered"? Seems to me the macaca's usually on the other side of that particular fence.
on December 3,2013 | 05:26AM
Anonymous wrote:
Has anyone ever determined what a "macaca" is?
on December 3,2013 | 10:34AM
palani wrote:
serious makes a good point. Our President may not be as direct, but his history of racial divisiveness and class warfare certainly meet the French definition of "public insult and inciting hate".
on December 3,2013 | 05:58AM
eoe wrote:
Only someone deeply indoctrinated in the right wing bubble and completely incapable of thinking critically could say that with a straight face. Our president has said a few things that, if taken in a complete vacuum and if you ascribed the worst possible motivations to him, might cause one of my eyebrows to raise slightly. On the other hand, I've watched as lawmakers from the other side say stuff like "I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out" and "I just don't think it's right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There's a lot of things he's done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven't come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya."
on December 3,2013 | 06:16AM
palani wrote:
Odd rant, and way off topic. No one has accused Obama of being a traitor, but the article is about a French law that criminalizes "public insult and inciting hate". The President may not be the only American politician who might be guilty of such, but he is certainly the most prominent and important one.
on December 3,2013 | 06:45AM
copperwire9 wrote:
What a sublime crock, palani.
on December 3,2013 | 08:09AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Read his "dreams" book. "Critical thinking" requires input.
on December 3,2013 | 06:59AM
localguy wrote:
What part of "Freedom of speech" in the USA do these baboozes not understand? They are just showing how stupid they are by filing a lawsuit which has no hope in the world of making a difference. Losers all of them.
on December 3,2013 | 05:48AM
palani wrote:
France is not the U.S.
on December 3,2013 | 05:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Who cares what France thinks or finds offensive.....Dylan is just spouting his opinions......nothing more....
on December 3,2013 | 08:11AM
Anonymous wrote:
What does France have to do with an interview in Rollingstone? Are they already under Sharia law?
on December 3,2013 | 10:35AM
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