Top Gear and Poirot music composer canceled by his own company after JK Rowling backing

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Top Gear, Poirot and music composer Inside Number 9 are canceled by his OWN company after he tweets his support for JK Rowling in the transgender debate

  • Composer and company founder Christian Henson said he supports JK Rowling
  • But her post sparked accusations from pro-trans lobbyists of being transphobic
  • His post was deleted and his company’s CEO said Mr Henson would ‘take a break’
  • Spitfire Audio decision sparked counter-claims of stifling free speech
  • Ms Rowling compared it to a recent case where a lawyer was discriminated against

A Bafta-nominated composer who said he backed JK Rowling over her views on women’s rights has been overruled by his own £55.1million company.

Christian Henson, 50, who has created music for TV hits such as Top Gear, Poirot and Inside No 9, backed Harry Potter author and Father writer Ted Graham Linehan in an online post.

In a now-deleted Tweet, Mr Henson – who founded compositional sample company Spitfire Audio – said: ‘As a parent, I can’t keep my mouth shut about this any longer. I fully support Glinner and JK Rowling. Please review this.

It was followed by a link to a YouTube video of Linehan, but drew a furious response from pro-trans activists, who view both figures as hostile to their cause. The message is said to have focused on the Tavistock Centre, the controversial children’s identity clinic which is now due to be closed.

As the furor escalated, he was accused of being transphobic and some claimed they would boycott Spitfire products and services.

Then the company’s CEO, Will Evans – listed as a director alongside Mr Henson in the company – apologized for the job.

He went on to say that his colleague was going to “take a break” while they “described how to move forward”.

But Mr Evans’ reaction sparked a row over free speech and Mr Henson’s support from Ms Rowling herself.

Christian Henson, 50, has created music for huge TV hits including Top Gear and Poirot

Composer Christian Henson said he supports Harry Potter author JK Rowling on views

Composer Christian Henson said he supports Harry Potter author JK Rowling on views

Mr Henson's tweet has now been deleted but has sparked accusations of transphobia by some

Mr Henson’s tweet has now been deleted but has sparked accusations of transphobia by some

But he was backed by Ms Rowling who compared him

But he was backed by Ms Rowling who compared him ‘taking a break’ to recent court cases

And Maya Forstater, who herself won an employment tribunal after losing her job over a tweet about sexual beliefs, also backed criticism of the company’s decision.

The apparent decision to sideline Mr Henson could be made all the more difficult as he has a 35% stake in the company.

Third director Paul Thomson – who has a similar stake – has not commented publicly.

Mr Evans wrote online: “Christian’s tweet has hurt our community,

“This hurt is naturally extended as a reflection on Spitfire Audio, its co-workers and employees.

“I am deeply sorry for this; we have worked hard to be a beacon for the industry and we have a responsibility to do better.

“Christian will take a break while we consider how to move forward, and in the meantime please accept my apologies on behalf of Spitfire Audio.”

Ms Rowling also entered the debate herself and asked why Mr Henson had been announced as taking a break.

Row comes a day after women's rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen was threatened by activists

Row comes a day after women’s rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen was threatened by activists

A post about Keen - also known as Posie Parker - urges people to 'fight her by all means'

A post about Keen – also known as Posie Parker – urges people to ‘fight her by all means’

She highlighted the case of Allison Bailey who won a landmark Employment Court case against her London chambers, which had to pay her £22,000 in damages.

Ms Bailey has accused Garden Court Chambers of refusing her work and attempting to crush her spirit after she criticized Stonewall’s trans policies, including recommendations to change pronouns from ‘her and him’ to ‘them and their”.

Her critical gender beliefs include that sex is biological and cannot change, and that the word “woman” is defined as “adult human female”.

The court upheld his allegation that Garden Court discriminated against him because of his belief.

This is the second row in as many days regarding women’s rights and the opposing views on either side of the argument.

Yesterday MailOnline told how a women’s rights campaigner said the pro-trans lobby called her a Nazi and made sick insults hoping her children would develop cancer.

Kellie-Jay Keen, who founded Standing For Women, said her events were hit with a number of threats and warnings.

She spoke out after officers from Sussex Police were alerted to a number of threatening messages directed at her.

They included numerous branding Ms. Keen – also known as Posie Parker – branding a TERF and urging people to “fight her any way you see fit”.

It preceded a planned Let Women Speak event in Brighton on September 18, which is billed as a “Speakers’ Corner Tour”.

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