Harry Potter author Jk Rowling has joined a series of authors writing supportive statements for Salman Rushdie following his attack last week.
However, Rowling’s online support received a death threat.
On Saturday, Rowling tweeted:
“Feeling very sick right now. Let him be okay,” referring to Rushdie’s attack in New York.
Meer Asif Aziz (@MeerAsifAziz1) replied, “Don’t worry you are next.”
Rowling then took a screenshot and asked Twitter for help, with fans sending her messages of support.
“To all those who send messages of support: thank you,” tweeted the author. “The police are intervening (they were already intervening in other threats).”
Meer Asif Aziz’s Twitter account is currently down, but he previously described him as a “student, social activist, political activist and research activist.”
According to reports, Aziz is located in Karachi, Pakistan.
The British newspaper Dailymail reported that Aziz made tasteless “jokes” about the destruction of Israel.
He also mentioned the Pakistan geopolitical rival India and Russia-invaded Ukraine as “terrorist states”.
Aziz’s response to Rowling was later deleted on Sunday morning.
A spokesman for the Scottish police shared their results and said:
“We have received a report of an online threat being made, and officers are carrying out enquiries.”
The police had previously investigated the criticisms of Jk Rowling on her opinions on transgender problems.
Warner Bros. Discovery, the entertainment studio that brought Harry Potter from the pages to the big screen, recently released a statement in support of Rowling.
“Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats made against JK Rowling, the statement wrote.
“We stand with her and all authors, storytellers, and creators who bravely express their creativity and opinions. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse, and supporting those who offer their views in public arenas.”
The company also expressed its support for Rushdie, saying:
“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 when opinions, beliefs and thoughts might differ.”
Rushdie is a 75-year-old writer who has received constant death threats for his novel The Satanic Verses.
The novel was viewed as blasphemous by Muslims, prompting the author to go into hiding for nearly a decade after its publication in 1988. Rushdie was stabbed Friday morning and taken to hospital in critical condition.
Hadi Matar, 24, allegedly stabbed Rushdie at least ten times and punched him in the face, neck and stomach.
Matar was charged with assault and pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
He was held without bail.