Salman Rushdie stabbed in neck in New York attack, ‘Satanic Verses’ scribe airlifted to hospital

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

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Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday while on stage for a panel in Chautauqua, in western New York.

New York State Police released a statement regarding the incident:

“On August 12, 2022, at approximately 11 a.m., a suspect ran onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer,” the statement read. “Rushdie apparently suffered a stab wound to the neck and was airlifted to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known. “

A spokesperson for the Chautauqua facility, where the panel was being held, told CNBC the organization was coordinating with emergency officials for a public response following the attack.

Wylie, which represents Rushdie, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” forced him into hiding after he was banned in Iran and a $3 million bounty was put on his head. The Iranian government distanced itself from the bounty, according to the Associated Press, but the fatwa was pursued by a semi-official religious organization, which raised the bounty to $3.3 million.

Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for his work and has received many of the most prestigious literary awards, including two Whitbread Awards for Best Novel.

He was scheduled to sit on a panel alongside Henry Reese, president of City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, an organization that provides refuge for exiled writers under threat of persecution.

The institution’s website described the panel as “A discussion of the United States as an asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul thanked New York State Police for their response to the attack on Rushdie.

“Our hearts go out to Salman and his loved ones following this horrific event,” the governor wrote. “I have directed the State Police to further assist, if necessary, in the investigation.”

Hochul later said Rushdie was alive.

“He was a state police officer who stood up and saved his life,” the governor said at an event about gun violence, adding that the event’s moderator was also offensive. “We are monitoring the situation, but he is getting the treatment he needs at the local hospital.”

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