BOB DYLAN: Won’t Face Charges in France
Bob Dylan won’t face charges in France under the country’s anti-discrimination laws.
An investigation was launched last year after Dylan’s comments in a Rolling Stone interview about racism concluded with, “That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.” A Croatian organization in France said it was an example of speech used to incite hatred and strife between racial and ethnic groups and filed preliminary charges.
Magistrate Marion Potier dismissed the charges on Monday, saying Dylan conducted the interview with Rolling Stone’s U.S. publication without giving approval that it be published in France. Now charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $62,000 for publishing the remarks.