Charges were brought against Bob Dylan by a Croatian community association in France late last year after they took offence to comments he had made in a 2012 interview with the French edition of Rolling Stone. But now the Wall Street Journal has reported that the group have dropped their charges against Dylan, and are instead going after the magazine's publisher Michael Birnbaum for anti-discrimination charges and printing the remarks in the first place. If their legal action is successful Birnbaum could face up to one year in jail and a fine of €45,000 (£37,000).

However, the group didn't drop the charges against Dylan voluntary. They were thrown out by Magistrate Marion Potier after she argued he never gave Rolling Stone permission to publish the interview outside of the US.

Read Dylan's offending remarks below.

"Mmm, I don't know how to put it. It's like . . . the United States burned and destroyed itself for the sake of slavery. The USA wouldn't give it up. It had to be grinded out. The whole system had to be ripped out with force. A lot of killing. What, like, 500,000 people? A lot of destruction to end slavery. And that's what it really was all about.

This country is just too fucked up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back - or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery - that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood."

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