Re­port: Co­me­dian Stephen Fry fo­cus of blas­phemy com­plaint

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/entertainment -

LON­DON - Po­lice in Ire­land are re­fus­ing to com­ment on a blas­phemy com­plaint and in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing Bri­tish co­me­dian Stephen Fry. The in­quiry came to light when the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per re­ported Satur­day that a mem­ber of the pub­lic had con­tacted po­lice about re­marks Fry made in 2015 to Ir­ish broad­caster RTE. The in­di­vid­ual told the news­pa­per it was his duty to com­plain under the Defama­tion Act, which makes blas­phemy a crime pun­ish­able by a fine of up to 25,000 eu­ros ($27,500.)

In the in­ter­view, Fry was asked what he would say if he were con­fronted by God. He replied: “How dare you cre­ate a world in which there is such mis­ery that is not our fault? It’s not right.” Po­lice say they won’t com­ment on an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.“Fry’s agent, Chris­tian Hodell, didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to an email seek­ing com­ment.

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