A group of Croatian in France reportedly is suing Dylan and Rolling Stone over a statement he made on the magazine last year.
Bob Dylan, who is known as a U.S. civil right movement supporter, reportedly is being sued for racism. Business Insider reports that a group of Croatian in France takes offense on the singer's statement which was published by the French version of the magazine last year and they are currently suing both parties.
When asked about parallels between the 1860s and present-day America, Dylan answered at that time, "Mmm, I don't know how to put it. It's like... the United States burned and destroyed itself for the sake of slavery. The USA wouldn't give it up. It had to be grinded out. The whole system had to be ripped out with force. A lot of killing. What, like, 500,000 people? A lot of destruction to end slavery. And that's what it really was all about."
"This country is just too f***ed up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back - or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery - that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," he continued, referring to a long-standing feud between Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs.
The Croatian group claimed that the statement was a racial slur against them. "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer," said Vlatko Maric, secretary general of the organization, as quoted by International Business Times.
France has stricter free speech laws than the U.S. Dylan will face a fine if he is found guilty. Investigation into the accusation reportedly will take up to 18 weeks.