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India Willoughby’s J.K Rowling complaint did not meet criminal threshold

Police will not pursue a complaint made by India Willoughby about JK Rowling as ”its not a crime to call a biological man a man.”

 

Northumbria Police confirmed on Friday that it did not believe the Harry Potter author had committed a crime by calling India Willoughby, the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, a man.

Willoughby had complained to the police over the comments, in which Rowling also repeatedly used “he” pronouns, following a row between the pair on X, formerly Twitter.

The 58-year-old said that the writer had “definitely committed a crime” and claimed to be “legally a woman”.

Willoughby holds a gender recognition certificate reflecting a female identity

However, legal commentators expressed major doubts over whether calling a trans woman a male constitutes a crime under UK law and Northumbria Police confirmed that no action would be taken.

“On Monday, March 4, we received a complaint about a post on social media,” a spokesman for the force said.

“While we recognise the upset this may have caused, the post was reviewed and did not meet the criminal threshold. The complainant has been updated of this.”

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