Croatian Group Suing Bob Dylan For Alleged Racism

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is being sued for racism over remarks he made in a 2012 interview, Time magazine reported Sunday.

The Council of Croats in France announced that it’s taking Dylan to court in Paris for allegedly inciting racism. The case centers around Dylan’s interview last year with the French version of Rolling Stone during which he made reference to the longstanding tension between Croatians and Serbians.

“If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that,” Dylan said in the interview. “That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

A spokesman for the council told the Croatian Times that while a Paris court accepted the case, it’s unclear if Dylan will appear in person. Dylan is not a French citizen, but stringent anti-racism laws in Europe made the case possible.


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