Preliminary charges were filed last month against Bob Dylan in France, for "public insult and inciting hate" due to comments he made during his 2012 Rolling Stone interview. The Associated Press reported on the charge, which was confirmed by Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre. The charges follow a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France, who took exception with Dylan comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
When discussing U.S. race relations, Dylan said to Rolling Stone, quote, "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."
According to the report, "France, (which is) home to about 30,000 Croatians, has strict laws punishing hate speech and racist remarks."
A lawyer for the Croation group is not seeking monetary damages against Dylan but wants the legendary songwriter who is "a singer who is liked and respected in Croatia, to present an apology to the Croatian people."
The charges against Dylan were filed on November 11th -- just two days before Dylan received the Legion d’Honneur from France’s Ministry of Culture.
Dylan's camp has yet to issue a statement on the charges.
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