JK Rowling with red hair and a poppy on her green blouse.

Police probe threats against JK Rowling after author condemns Salman Rushdie stabbing

Scottish police are investigating online threats made against JK Rowling after the author condemned the attack on Salman Rushdie.

The Harry Potter creator tweeted that said she felt “very sick” after hearing the news and hoped the novelist would “be OK”.

A user replied “don’t worry you are next”.


Rowling shared screenshots of the threatening tweet and said: “To all sending supportive messages: thank you police are involved (were already involved on other threats)”.

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 stabbed at a lecture in New York on Saturday and suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

He remains in a critical condition, however his son Zafar Rushdie said his father’s “defiant sense of humor remains intact”.

Rushdie’s agent earlier confirmed the author was removed from a ventilator and is “on the road to recovery,” and able to talk and joke.

The attack was met with global shock and outrage, as well as praise for the Indian-born author who has weathered death threats and a US$3 million bounty on his head for three decades.

Author Salman Rushdie has lived with a bounty on his head for decades. (Reuters: Andrew Winning, file)

The Indian-born author’s 1988 book The Satanic Verses was considered blasphemous by many Muslims, and the book was banned in Iran, where the country’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death

His accused attacker Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty on Saturday to attempted murder and assault charges.