A French comedian who has been repeatedly convicted of inciting anti-Semitism was questioned by police Tuesday after a bailiff claimed the performer assaulted him.
The alleged attack took place after several bailiffs arrived Monday at Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala’s home in central France in order to collect payment for a number of outstanding fines, AFP reported.
According to Dieudonne’s lawyer, the bailiffs attempted to climb over the fence surrounding the comedian’s residence.
“Dieudonne’s partner and their security staff then asked them to leave,” the lawyer claimed.
At that point, one of the bailiffs was allegedly attacked by Dieudonne. The bailiff also claimed he was shot at with rubber bullets.
An initial investigation uncovered a gun suited for rubber bullets on the grounds of the alleged attack.
Dieudonne later turned himself over to the police and was questioned for several hours. His girlfriend, Noemie Montagne, was also questioned, AFP reported.
The two later filed a complaint against the bailiff, who they claimed had attempted to break into the comedian’s home.
Dieudonne has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews and is facing an eighth trial for suggesting during a show that the French Jewish journalist Patrick Cohen belonged in a gas chamber. He also is the originator of the quenelle, the increasingly popular gesture in France and Europe that has been called anti-Semitic and a quasi-Nazi salute.
The quenelle, described by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls as “an inverted Nazi salute,” involves placing one’s outstretched left palm on one’s right shoulder while pointing downward with one’s right arm.
Like the Nazi salute, the quenelle is seen as a variant of the Roman salute and, considering its inventor’s penchant for defiance of France’s anti-Nazi laws, is understood to challenge the prohibition on performing the Nazi salute.
Earlier this month, a French court banned Dieudonne from performing in Nantes in what was to be the debut of his new show, “The Wall.” His shows were banned by mayors in Marseille, Bordeaux and Tours as well.
JTA and the Associated Press contributed to this report