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Lydon threatens legal action over racism row

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Lydon threatens legal action over racism row

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John Lydon has threatened to take legal action after being publicly accused of racism.

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke recently claimed that he was the victim of an "unprovoked racist attack" by Lydon and his entourage at the Summercase Festival in Spain. The Sex Pistols star quickly spoke out to deny the claims, but Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys then insisted that Okereke's version of events was accurate.

In an interview with The One Show last night, Lydon described press reports about the alleged incident as "atrocious" and "hurtful".

He continued: "My grand children are Jamaican, right. This is an absolute offence to them and me when I read stories like that, that are allowed to go to print absolutely unfounded and have the liberty to take liberties with a man like me and call me a racist when my entire life has proved exactly the opposite."

Asked if he is a racist, Lydon replied: "Absolutely not. And any bugger that dares say so is going to have their day in court with me - you understand this?"

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