Turkish actor Barış Atay was taken into custody early on the morning of May 16, according to Atay’s lawyer.
“Police officers came to his house and detained him in the morning. They have not informed about the detention period or the criminal act,” the lawyer told the Hurriyet daily.
The detention took place a day after he was targeted by Hurriyet’s Ahmet Hakan in a column on Tuesday
Columnist Hakan criticized Atay for his tweet in which the latter said “you will all apologize in tears.” Atay’s this tweet referred to Yusuf Yerkel, an advisor at the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office, who made headlines in 2014 after being photographed kicking a protester on the ground during demonstrations following a deadly coal mine disaster in Soma.