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Protestors will not be charged for posting photo taken outside of J.K. Rowling’s home

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The three activists that protested outside of J.K. Rowling’s mansion and posted a photo online that included part of her home address will not face any criminal charges, police confirmed this week.

Rowling condemned the protestors in a tweet to her 14 million followers, equating their demonstration to rape and death threats and claiming they “thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.” Two of the three activists deleted their profiles after, while one remains private.

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BBC News and NBC News both report that Police Scotland told them in a statement regarding the incident, “Enquiries were carried out and no criminality has been established.”

Comedian Holly Stars, actor Georgia Frost, and drag performer Richard Energy protested in front of Rowling’s home on the Transgender Day of Remembrance in November with signs that read “Trans liberation now,” “Don’t be a cissy,” and “Trans rights are human rights.”

They were responding to Rowling’s long history of transphobia, where she has repeatedly attacked the validity of trans identities, portrayed trans women as threats to cis women’s safety, and even promoted vile merchandise with anti-transgender messages.

Afterward, Stars posted a photo on Twitter from their protest, which showed the front of Rowling’s home — a well-known estate in Perth and Kinross, Scotland that she made headlines with by purchasing it in 2001. She eventually deleted the tweet because they received “an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages” afterwards, but noted they “stand by the photo.”

On November 22, the Harry Potter author made a series of tweets claiming that when the protestors took the photo, they were “carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible.” While she said she’s against people being “hounded on social media,” she then proceeded to post the names of the three activists on her Twitter feed for her 14 million followers.

Rowling said that she called the police, although she did not say what the activists did that was illegal.

“Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove that your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing, and threatening us,” Rowling concluded. If there is any evidence that the activists she attacked were stalking, harassing, or threatening her, she didn’t share it.

Through representatives, Rowling declined to issue a statement in response to the news that charges will not be filed, NBC News reports.

Rowling “came out” as transphobic nearly two years ago when she wrote about her support for Maya Forstater, a social justice nonprofit employee who lost her job for attacking transgender people on social media and refusing to use the correct pronouns for transgender people. She sued and lost her case since the court believed that her actions could create “an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.”

Rowling spent the next year issuing diatribes about transgender people, came out in support of conversion therapy for trans people, and claimed that almost everyone agrees with her, even as famous people that she has worked with condemned her words. She also published a book – under a male pen name – about a man who wears dresses in order to kill women.

Rowling’s anti-transgender views have been cited by Republicans in the U.S. to attack LGBTQ rights.

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