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New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

Posted at 6:53 AM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 06:53:39-05

NEW YORK — A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

Police confirm Roberta’s has received telephone calls threatening its employees.

The Brooklyn restaurant is known for its wood-fired pizza. A call to the restaurant Wednesday night went unanswered.

The threatening calls came after social-media users connected the restaurant to the Pizzagate hoax centered on the Washington restaurant Comet Ping Pong. One caller referenced an email from Clinton’s private server and noted the Clintons attended a donor’s birthday party at Roberta’s years ago.

Police say the hoax took a dangerous turn Sunday when a Salisbury, North Carolina, man fired a rifle inside Comet Ping Pong while trying to “self-investigate” the conspiracy. Court records show the man says he found no evidence supporting the fake story.