AUSTRALIAN rap star and one-time member of the New South Wales government, James Holden, has been hacked by the online gang.
Mr Holden, who was born in Brisbane and grew up in the south of the country, was one of the first Australians to perform in front of the Australian flag in the country’s most prestigious music festival.
He was arrested by police in January after allegedly sending the threat of violence to a number of celebrities including TV presenter and broadcaster Julia Gillard, former Australian rugby union player Brett Lee and footballer Robbie Farah.
But the alleged threat was apparently discovered and he was charged with a criminal offence of threatening to cause harm.
The Australian Federal Police says the 26-year-old was arrested after he was intercepted on an intercepted mobile phone in the Brisbane suburb of Redfern on February 2.
“Mr Holden had previously been charged with criminal harassment, and was under investigation for a number and offences related to the online harassment of a number individuals, including Julia Gillards and Brett Lee,” the AFP said in a statement.
“During the investigation, a number persons in Australia were contacted by Mr Holden, with the intent to cause him serious harm, and to cause them to contact his family.”
Mr Holden has not been charged, but police say he was likely to be charged with two offences of sending threats of violence, one for “using a telecommunications network to commit a criminal act” and the other for “causing a person to engage in conduct harmful to a person”.
Topics:crime,police,law-crime-and-justice,government-and-“government-in-meadows”,brazil,australiaFirst posted February 07, 2020 14:47:58Contact Christopher Hargreaves