The author of “Satanic Verses” on stage

CHAUTAUQUA, NY — Salman Rushdie, the USA TODAY bestselling author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked on Friday as he prepared to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

New York police say a state trooper assigned to the event took the suspect into custody after the attack. An Associated Press reporter saw a man storm the stage and begin punching or stabbing the author as he was introduced.

Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known.

A New York State Police news release said Friday that “at approximately 11 a.m. a suspect ran onto the scene and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer.”

“Rushdie was apparently stabbed in the neck and was airlifted to an area hospital,” the police statement said, while “the interviewer sustained a minor head injury.”

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