Bell said that starting last Wednesday, he began to receive death threats. The threats gained momentum on Thursday, and on Friday, they got even more serious. Bell was advised to relocate to a safe house and he notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the threats.
The threats came, said Bell, following a series of blog posts on the website The America Muslim. The writer, Sheila Musaji, denied any involvement in linking Bell to the film.
Despite her denial, Bell said that shortly after the posts appeared he received a number of threatening messages on his Facebook page.
“Simultaneously, someone created a collage on Facebook,” linking him and others to the film, said Bell. Bell said that he repeatedly complained to Facebook about the threats but received no response. Instead, he said that following another story about him in the British newspaper the Guardian, his own access to his Facebook page was denied.
Bell said that these threats are an assault on his own First Amendment rights.
“This is a First Amendment issue, whether you agree with me or not,” continuing, “Where is Hollywood on this?”
Bell pointed out that the movie “The People Versus Larry Flynt” dealt with the free speech rights of the notorious pornographer, Larry Flynt.
“If they believe in free speech for a pornographer, why not me?” said Bell.
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