Following comments he made to Rolling Stone regarding Croatians, Bob Dylan has been charged with a hate crime in France. The charge includes a max sentence of one year and a fine of $50,000.
Speaking with the mag, Dylan was asked about Civil War-era United States compared to the U.S. of today. He said that race is still a big issue before drawing a comparison to Croatia:
"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 neighbourhood back," he said.
"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."
The charges of "public insult and inciting hate" were filed against Dylan in November. A Croatian group told EW that it is not seeking damages but an apology from Dylan.
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