Placebo leader faces probe after racist call Italian PM: media

ROME – Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation against the leader of the British group Placebo, who in a concert called Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni “racist” and “fascist” in the media. local news on Tuesday.

Lead singer Brian Molko, 50, was on stage last week with the band at the Sonic Park festival in Stupinigi outside Turin when he insulted the Italian Prime Minister.

“Giorgia Meloni, you fucking, fascist, racist,” Molko shouted in Italian, as seen in fan videos from the concert posted on social media.

Reached by phone, prosecutors in Turin declined to comment.

Ms. Meloni, 46, heads Italy’s most right-wing government since World War II.

Italy’s penal code punishes with fines up to €5,000 (S$7,440) anyone who “publicly defames the Republic”, including the government, parliament, courts and military. AFP

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