Daily Israel Report
Show More

OpEds


Anti-Semitic French Comedian 'Shoots' Bailiff

Dieudonne reportedly assaults bailiff who came to collect some of the fines and taxes owed by the comic.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 1/22/2014, 3:40 PM

Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala
Reuters

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala.

His nationwide show "The Wall," in which he mimed urinating on the Kotel (Western Wall), was banned this month, and reports Wednesday reveal he could be in hot water for assaulting a bailiff who came to collect the enormous sums he owes in taxes.

Dieudonne been suffering economic woes; the cancellation of his show left him with losses worth millions of euros (a million euros is $1.4 million). He also allegedly owes 887,000 euros ($1.2 million) in taxes, and reportedly tried hiding money by sending more than 400,000 euros ($544,520) since 2009 to family in Cameroon. He has also been fined in the past over charges relating to anti-Semitism.

The recent assault occurred when bailiffs arrived at his home on Monday night to demand payment on several fines, reports AFP.

According to Dieudonne's lawyer Sanjay Mirabeau, the comic and his girlfriend Noemie Montagne "and their security staff asked (the bailiffs) to leave." Mirabeau says the bailiffs then tried to enter by climbing over a fence.

Sources involved in the investigation state one of the bailiffs reported being assaulted by Dieudonne and shot at with rubber bullets. A search of the house indeed turned up a device to shoot such bullets.

Dieudonne and Montagne later went voluntarily to the police station to be questioned for several hours according to the lawyer, who said the couple is filing a complaint in response, claiming the bailiff broke into their home.

The comic's signature "quenelle" gesture, an inverted Nazi salute, has made headlines after soccer player Nicolas Anelka made the salute during a English Premier League match last month.

Anelka has been charged by the Football Association over the salute, and has until Thursday to respond to charges. He faces a minimum 5-game ban as a result of the act.