JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, said that her home address was leaked by a group of ‘activists’ amid her support of ‘women’s sex-based rights’
J. K. Rowling has condemned the leaking of her home address on social media amid controversy over her support of “women’s sex-based rights.”
The 56-year-old said this afternoon that a group of activists took photos outside her home recently, with the address visible in a post on social media last Friday.
Discussing the incident on Twitter earlier, the Harry Potter author made an appeal to people who have retweeted the photo with the address still visible to delete it.
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It comes amid ongoing controversy surrounding her views on transgender issues, which have sparked backlash from fans and cast members from the popular film franchise.
The writer became embroiled in the debate over trans rights last year after questioning the phrase “people who menstruate” and has continued to share her views since.
In a series of tweets, posted today, Rowling said she has now received so many death threats she could “paper the house with them” – but suggested she won’t be silenced.
The thread began: “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 then expressed gratitude to “everybody who reported the image” on the platform as well as to Police Scotland for their “support and assistance in this matter.”
The mum-of-three said she is aware of numerous other women who have also been “subject to campaigns of intimidation” over the last few years, ranging from being “hounded on social media” to “direct threats of violence.”
She added: “None of these women are protected in the way I am. They and their families have been put into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to uncritically accept that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.”
The screenwriter speculated that the incident involving her address had been an attempt to “intimidate” her against “speaking up for women’s sex-based rights” – though she suggested that it would do no such thing.