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Paris Hilton and her father have been the subject of threats by one man who (1) thinks Paris Hilton is Jewish and (2) says he wants to kill her.
TMZ reports that the anti-Semitic man allegedly posted death threats against the young heiress on social media, including telling her father Rick, "one month and she's dead, she's never coming home." Police are reportedly tracking the man targeting the Hiltons on Instagram and Facebook, but as of Tuesday, no arrests have been made.
What's going on with this anti-Semitic Paris Hilton hater?
This isn't the first time that someone has put Paris Hilton in the crosshairs to bash on social media. But there's a fine line between the run-of-the-mill haters and someone who is posing a real criminal threat online.
Over the last few years, there's been a spate of cases in which teens have been arrested for making death threats on Facebook. In most cases, the suspects claim that their actions were in jest or just venting online, but strict laws governing terroristic threats have made these cases an uphill battle.
The issue of whether violent language on Facebook really amounts to criminal conduct is even being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In these gray-area cases, many suspects argue that their aggressive rants were protected by First Amendment free speech and were not actual threats. This may be a tough argument for Paris' online hater, as it's a bit hard to spin phrases like "I'll beat u and that b---- to unconscious" as a poem or rap lyric.
Although the Los Angeles Police Department doesn't yet have enough for an arrest warrant, TMZ reports the LAPD has a search warrant for the Instagram and Facebook accounts of the death threat suspect. Using this warrant, LAPD investigators may determine the identity of the person posting to that account.
It's possible that the person(s) identified as the owner(s) of the offending accounts isn't actually the one posting to it. Much like Paris Hilton's defense that the cocaine-filled bag she was caught with wasn't her purse.
But as in that case, investigators in this case aim to eventually ferret out the truth behind these Paris Hilton death threats.
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