PARIS, April 17 (UPI) -- Following a judicial investigation, a French court dismissed a “hate speech” case against Bob Dylan in which he allegedly compared Croatians to Nazis.
His comments, which appeared in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview, angered some Croatian fans to the point the organization Council of Croats in France submitted a formal complaint to the court.
In the interview, Dylan, 72, was quoted as saying, "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."
Ethnic Serbs and Croatians were involved in a 1991-1995 war following the dissolution of Yugoslavia in which over 20,000 people were killed. References to Nazism are also a sensitive topic; during World War II in Croatia, the pro-Nazi regime killed hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and Croatians.
An investigation into the complaint began in November 2013, the same month Dylan received the Legion d’honneur award from the French government. The case was dismissed Tuesday on grounds Dylan had not given consent to have his remarks published in the French-language version of the magazine.