Three trans activists who staged a controversial protest outside JK Rowling’s home which revealed her address online will not be prosecuted.
The Harry Potter author, who has voiced concerns that making it easier to legally change gender could pose a risk to the safety of biological women, called police in November following the stunt.
Two drag artists with the stage names Richard Energy and Holly Stars, along with Georgia Frost, an actress, posed outside Ms Rowling’s Edinburgh home holding up signs with pro-trans slogans.
The number and name of her home were only partially obscured in an image they posted on social media, which Ms Rowling claimed was a deliberate attempt to intimidate her.
Police Scotland investigated the protest, but confirmed on Monday that no criminality had been established.
At the time, the 56-year-old writer had accused the actors, who were in Edinburgh to perform in a “drag murder mystery” stage show, of “doxxing” her – a term which means to maliciously reveal private information about someone on the internet.
She claimed that the actors had positioned themselves carefully “to ensure that our address was visible” in an attempt to “intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights”.
“They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out,” she added.
“Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
The three actors deleted their social media accounts after they were confronted online by Ms Rowling.
Scotland pushes ahead with controversial reforms
The UK Government has ditched plans to allow transgender people to legally change their own genders in England and Wales without a medical diagnosis.
However, the Scottish Government is pushing ahead with wide-ranging and highly controversial reforms, which would allow people to legally change their birth certificates by “self-declaration”.
Critics claim this would open up women’s spaces, such as changing rooms and refuges, to anybody who simply says they are a woman.
The legislation is expected to be published by the SNP/Green Government next month.