A man rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed novelist Salman Rushdie in the neck. The suspect was taken into custody, and the author’s condition is unknown. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said a state trooper saved Salman Rushdie’s life after he was attacked during a lecture.
“Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital,” the press release said. “His condition is not yet known. The interviewer suffered a minor head injury. A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.”
Iran has banned Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” since 1988 and had offered a multi-million dollar bounty for the author’s death under Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the bounty for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
Rushdie was dismissive of the threat, saying there was “no evidence” of people being interested in the reward.
The Chautauqua Institution is an exclusive performing arts center near Buffalo that hosts significant artists and celebrities. It has an entry fee ranging from $200-$2,600 and hosts notable authors, artists, and celebrities.
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