Author Salman Rushdie Attacked on Stage in New York

Author Salman Rushdie Attacked on Stage in New York

Famed author Salman Rushdie, whose writings prompted the Supreme Leader of Iran to put a bounty on his head in 1989, was stabbed ahead of a planned speech in New York on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

A man was witnessed storming the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and “punching or stabbing” Rushdie in the midst of the author being introduced, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene. Rushdie’s condition is currently unknown. The man who is believed to have attacked the author has reportedly been detained.

#SalmanRushdie just attacked onstage at @chq @NBCNews @ABC @cnnbrk

— Charles Savenor (@CharlieSavenor) August 12, 2022

BREAKING NEWS: Salman Rushdie may have been attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution. Lecture started

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