Trans Activists Will Not Be Charged After Posting J.K. Rowling’s Home Address Online

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Scottish police will not be charging activists who posted photos of author J.K. Rowling’s home address online.

Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has faced a firestorm of criticism over the last few years for refusing to budge on her nuanced views on transgenderism, which has inspired a spate of targeted attacks.

In November, several activists posed outside Rowling’s Edinburgh home in a manner that clearly indicated the street number, the Evening Standard reported.

“Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible,” Rowling tweeted at the time.

After thanking those who reported the pictures to Twitter and the police, which she had contacted to complain of the doxxing, Rowling added “I implore those people who retweeted the image with the address still visible, even if they did so in condemnation of these people’s actions, to delete it.”

“I have to assume the trolls doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights. 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,” she also tweeted.

The activists who posted the picture deleted it a day later, claiming “serious and threatening transphobic messages.”

Rowling has been slammed as “transphobic” by Twitter trolls and high-profile celebrities alike and even been the subject of criticism over her views from actors in the Harry Potter film franchise.

An avowed leftist, the author has openly opposed transgender policies that would allow men to use women’s bathrooms as well as voiced her support for Maya Forstater, who was fired from a U.K. non-profit for tweeting that men could not be women.

These views, considered anathema by many in the transgender community, have attracted negative attention for years despite Rowling’s renown as an author and otherwise far from conservative views about sexuality and gender.

“Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?” she tweeted in 2019 along with the hashtag #IStandWithMaya.

On Jan. 17, police determined that the activists had committed no criminal offense when publishing the photo of her address on Twitter.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said “no criminality has been established” following inquiries, the Standard noted.

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