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Muslim leader denies he threatened reporter

WASHINGTON -- Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan has denied he threatened the life of a Washington Post reporter, the paper reported today.

The Post, in today's editions, said Farrakhan told reporter Milton Coleman he had not threatened his life.

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In a radio broadcast March 11, Farrakhan said 'one day soon we will punish you with death' for reporting that Jesse Jackson had referred to Jews as 'Hymie' and New York as 'Hymietown.'

'There have never been threats, none now and never will be threats to your life, brother, or your family. That will go on the record,' Farrakhan told Coleman in a call to the Post newsroom Thursday.

When Coleman asked Farrakhan about the comment, Farrakhan offered to come to the Post to discuss the remark.

However, in a further explanation of his remarks on ABC-TV's 'Nightline' Thursday night, Farrakhan said his comments had been distorted by the media.

He added that he had only intended that Coleman be punished by 'social pressure' and that he be ostracized in 'our community.'

Farrakhan, of Chicago, is a strong supporter of Jackson's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and has served as a warm-up speaker for Jackson several times.

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Jackson has said that Farrakhan's statements were 'wrong.'

In the March broadcast, Farrakhan also said, 'We're going to make an example of Milton Coleman' for being a 'traitor' in disclosing Jackson's remarks about Jews.

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