JK Rowling revealed on Saturday that she has received death threats after tweeting in support of fellow author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed and still in hospital with serious injuries from the attack.
The Harry Potter The author was one of countless public figures who shared well wishes with Rushdie online – Stephen King and Hillary Clinton also tweeted their support – but after Rowling wrote of the attack, “I feel very sick right now. Let him be okay,” one Twitter user threatened in response: “Don’t worry, you’re next.”
Rowling first contacted Twitter Support about the threats made by the user — whose account showed tweets in which Hadi Matar, the man arrested in the attack, was hailed as “a revolutionary Shia fighter who follows the fatwa” — and told her followers then that “the police are involved. (were already involved in other threats).”
A Scottish Police spokeswoman told Reuters: “We have received a report of an online threat and officers are investigating.
— JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022
Warner Bros. Discovery, the current rights holders of the Harry Potter movie franchise, released a statement Saturday after the threat, the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
“Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats against JK Rowling,” the company said. “We stand behind her and all authors, storytellers and creators who boldly express their creativity and opinion. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse and supporting those who speak their mind in the public arena.”
They continued: “Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following the senseless act of violence in New York. The Company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation where opinions, beliefs and thoughts may differ.”
On Sunday, the BBC reported that Rushdie showed signs of improvement as he was taken off a ventilator and can now speak; after the attack, his agent Andrew Wylie said: “The news is not good. Salman is likely to lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”
Wylie confirmed in a statement Sunday that the author is “on the road to recovery.” the Associated Press reported, adding that Rushdie’s condition is moving in the right direction.