German comedian who insulted Erdogan says Merkel "butchered" him

A German comedian who triggered a diplomatic crisis by reading a poem on state television that insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blasted Chancellor Angela Merkel for authorizing a criminal investigation into his actions.

German comedian accused of insulting Erdogan takes four-week time out

German comedian Jan Boehmermann and production company btf will pause production of his show for four weeks amid a criminal probe against the satirist for a skit in which he ridiculed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.