Comedian Frankie Boyle 'internet threat' claim investigated by police

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Frankie Boyle: Police are investigating internet threats directed at the comedian.

Internet threats directed at the comedian Frankie Boyle are being investigated by police.

Police Scotland confirmed on Thursday that a complaint relating to online comments directed at the comedian are being investigated.

The 40-year-old, from Glasgow, has more than 1.3 million Twitter followers, although it is not known if the threats were directed at him on the social networking site.

A police spokeswoman said: "We have received a complaint regarding online activity and enquiries are ongoing."

Previously, the former Mock the Week Star successfully claimed he had been libelled by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Last October, Mr Boyle was awarded more than £54,000 in damages from the Trinity Mirror publication after a High Court jury found that it had defamed him by describing him as "racist" and saying he had been "forced to quit" the BBC panel show.

The comedian donated the award to charity, while he has been at the centre of controversies, including comments about the Queen and Harvie Price, the son of the model Katie Price.

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