German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into comedian Jan Boehmermann over a ribald poem he wrote about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports the BBC.
Boehmermann’s televised performance quipped that Erdogan fucked goats, among other insults, leading to an official complaint and an investigation.
Boehmermann is a satirist and television presenter well-known for pushing the boundaries of German humour.
The poem was broadcast on ZDF television. The comedian was later given police protection.
Mr Erdogan has drawn much criticism in Turkey and internationally for attacking political opponents, including harassment of journalists. Many accuse him of authoritarian methods, stifling legitimate dissent and promoting an Islamist agenda.
The Turkish government cited an ancient lese-majeste law making it illegal to insult foreign heads of state. Though saying the law should be scrapped, German Chancellor Angela Merkel approved the inquiry and was critical of Boehmermann.
In the resulting uproar over free speech, however, both Merkel and prosecutors came under withering criticism—and stories about Boehmermann and his work only proliferated.
Other people who have quipped about Ergodan’s alleged affection for quadrupeds include UK foreign minister Boris Johnson.