Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, the comedian whose show was banned by a top French court, was arrested this week for allegedly assaulting court officers who came to his home with notices for payment due on fines for inciting hatred against Jews.
At the last minute: French top court stops show of anti-Semitic comedian
was taken into custody on Wednesday for several hours.
Questioned initially on Tuesday, along with his
girlfriend Noemi Montagne, he
spent much of Wednesday in police custody before being released in the evening, said his
attorney Sanjay Mirabeau.
The assault itself allegedly occurred on Monday night at the comic's home in central France, when bailiffs came to collect fines he
owes the state - thousands of euros that remain unpaid for racism offenses including racial discrimination and hate speech.
According to the attorney, the bailiffs tried to enter the property by climbing over a fence, but "Dieudonne's
partner and their security staff asked them to leave."
and Montagne have filed their own complaint, accusing the bailiffs of breaking into their home, reported France 24.
wants to be left alone, or at least to be treated in a normal manner - that is to say, for the bailiffs to turn up at his
house during regular hours," Dieudonne's attorney told the channel.
French media reported that Dieudonne denies being at the property at the time of the alleged incident.
Aged 47, born to a French mother and a father from Cameroon, Dieudonne - after breaking with his longtime stage partner, Elie Semoun, a Jew - adopted strong anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist language.