New York stage assault involving author Salman Rushdie
After publishing The Satanic Verses, author Salman Rushdie received years of death threats from Islamists. Recently, he was assaulted on stage in New York.
The 75-year-old Booker Prize laureate was speaking at a Chautauqua Institution event at the time.
A man suspect allegedly went up onto the platform and assaulted Mr. Rushdie and an interviewer, according to the New York State Police.
According to the police statement, Rushdie “suffered an apparent knife wound to the neck.”
The author was flown by chopper to a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
According to authorities, the suspect was brought into custody right away.
In a video of Salman Rushdie that was uploaded online, spectators can be seen flocking to the stage right after the event.
Midnight’s Children, a 1981 book by the Indian-born author that went on to sell over a million copies in the UK alone, launched her to prominence.
However, Mr. Rushdie spent nine years in hiding after publishing The Satanic Verses, his fourth novel, in 1988.
The surrealist, the post-modern book was outlawed in several nations and caused controversy among some Muslims who thought its content was disrespectful.
Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, demanded the death of Mr. Rushdie and offered a $3 million (£2.5 million) bounty one year after the book’s release.
The violence that erupted after its release claimed the lives of dozens of people, including the work’s translators who were killed.
Despite Iran’s government’s distancing from Khomeini’s order, the reward on Mr. Rushdie’s head is still in place.
The author, who has dual citizenship in the US and the UK, is a strong supporter of the right to free speech and has defended his writing on several occasions.
The non-summer profit’s lecture series began with his presence at the Chautauqua Institution event in western New York.
When approached by the BBC, a spokesperson for the organization’s on-site police department refused to comment.
An artist at the location said that rehearsals had been proceeding normally up until the assault inside the amphitheatre this morning.
Since then, she added, the area has been under lockdown.
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