The author of “Satanic Verses” was stabbed in the neck

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 arrested a suspect after the attack. Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known.

Travis Seward, managing director of 10Best at USA TODAY, was present at the event. He saw a man “linked” to the stage from the audience with his “arms up swinging”. Seward said he heard nothing of the man screaming and that Rushdie tried to get away from the attacker and fell. It was unclear whether the assailant had a weapon from where Seward was, but a police officer said the perpetrator suffered an “apparent stab wound to the neck”.

USA Today

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