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Trans activists who posted photos of JK Rowling’s home will not be charged

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  • Police will take no action against three transgender activists who posted a photo of J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh, Scotland, residence online with her address visible in the background.
  • Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy had gathered at Rowling’s home in November to protest the author’s comments on the trans community, which many have said are transphobic.
  • Police Scotland told BBC News Monday that no criminality had been established.

No action will be taken against a trio of transgender activists who posted a photo of J.K. Rowling’s home online last year during a demonstration, police said Monday.

The “Harry Potter” author had contacted police in November after internet personalities Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy posted a photo outside Rowling’s Edinburgh, Scotland, residence with her home address visible in the background.

Stars, Frost and Energy gathered at Rowling’s home just before Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 — a statement on the writer’s controversial views about trans individuals.

Rowling claimed at the time she had been a victim of “doxxing,” or having one’s personal information made public.


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“I have to assume that @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights,” Rowling wrote in a Twitter thread at the time. “They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out.”

Police in Scotland on Monday said no criminality had been established following multiple inquiries, BBC news reported.

Rowling has been the subject of controversy in recent years for her remarks about the trans community, which some view as transphobic. Her beliefs have led many to label her as a “TERF,” or transgender-exclusionary radical feminist, a title the author has repeatedly contested.

“Perhaps — and I’m just throwing this out there — the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us,” Rowling wrote in another tweet directed at Stars, Frost and Energy.

Stars in November in a now-deleted tweet defended the group’s decision to post the photo but said she removed it from her social media after she became the subject of several threats.

“Yesterday we posted a picture we took at JK Rowling’s house. While we stand by the photo, since posting it we have received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages so have decided to take the photo down,” she wrote.


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