Monday, June 15, 2015

France: Dieudonne fined 130K euros for distorting Jewish singer’s work

Via Times of Israel:
A top French court fined anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala 130,000 euros on Thursday for distorting a famous song by a Jewish French singer.

The decision was the final ruling in a case that has been ongoing for for the past year. In July 2014, Dieudonne was ordered by a judge to pay 50,000 euros in damages to the beneficiaries of singer Barbara, after he released a video in which he rewrote her famous chanson L’Aigle Nior (The Black Eagle) as Le Rat Nior (The Black Rat), adding insults against the artist and calling her “crazy” and “senile.”

Barbara’s estate, led by nephew Bernard Serf, had sued the provocative comedian, accusing him of using anti-Semitic imagery to “humiliate” the late singer, who passed away in 1997. Barbara’s representatives demanded the video’s immediate withdrawal, as well as compensation of damages.

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