Author Salman Rushdie Assaulted at Conference in New York State


Author Salman Rushdie was attacked at an event in New York state on Friday, according to witness testimony and law enforcement reports.

Rushdie was scheduled to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution educational center in Chautauqua, in southwest New York, on Friday morning.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to ABC News that there was a stabbing at the event where Rushdie was speaking. He did not immediately confirm the victim.

Author Salman Rushdie, behind the screen at left, receives treatment after being attacked during a lecture, August 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY

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An Associated Press reporter who was present at the event saw a man take the stage and attack Rushdie as he was introduced, the publication said. The author ended up on the ground and the man was restrained, according to the AP.

In the aftermath of the attack, Rushdie, 75, was seen being treated on stage. His condition is unclear.

PHOTO: Author Salman Rushdie is treated after being attacked during a lecture, August 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY

Author Salman Rushdie receives treatment after being attacked during a lecture, August 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY

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The British-Indian writer faced years of death threats after his novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ was published in 1988.

PHOTO: Author Salman Rushdie appears at a signing for his book "House" in London on June 6, 2017.

Author Salman Rushdie appears during a signing for his book ‘Home’ in London on June 6, 2017.

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Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini accused the author of blasphemy over the book and in 1989 issued a fatwa against Rushdie, calling for his death.

Rushdie spent years in hiding, which he recounted in his 2012 memoir, “Joseph Anton.”

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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