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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Protestor held over death threat to Elton after star's 'gay Jesus' claim

A man who posted a video of himself on the internet holding a sign that said 'Elton John must die' has been arrested for making threats.

Neal Horsley (65) was arrested in Carrollton, Georgia, about 50 miles west of Atlanta, said police chief Curtis Davenport.

He would not say whom Horsley is accused of threatening, but it is thought the arrest was connected to the video about the musician.

In the YouTube video, Horsley held the sign in front of a building where he said John has a home. John's publicist, Fran Curtis, confirmed that John has an Atlanta apartment but declined further comment.

Horsley was upset that John, said in an interview last month that he thought Jesus was a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems".

"What Elton John has done is desecrated the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, blasphemed the Lord Jesus Christ," Horsley said in the video.

Horsley founded the Creator's Rights Party and has declared himself a candidate in the 2010 governor's race. He kicked off his campaign wearing a placard showing the head of an aborted fetus while singing an anti-abortion song.

He gained notoriety in the late 1990s for his role in establishing a website that published the names and addresses of doctors who performed abortions. Officials called the site a "hitlist for terrorists".

Fulton County jail records showed Horsley also faces charges of criminal defamation and disseminating terroristic threats over the Internet.

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