Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born author of novels critical of Iranian policies in the 1980s, was assaulted by a man who stormed the stage where he was scheduled to speak, New York Police Department officials said. Rushdie was taken to a local hospital by helicopter with stab wounds to the neck and chest, they said.
Paramedic and Police Lt. Timothy Mundy revealed on Friday that 24-year-old Hadi Matar was charged with murdering an unidentified female inside the dwelling of a neighbor. A motive has not yet been established, Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said at a press conference.
The world-famous author, who is 75 years old, was hospitality at a speech at the Chautauqua Institution as a guest speaker when the incident occurred. A report from police stated that a male suspect charged the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer at approximately 11 a.m. on a group of machines.
The man in question was arrested and Rushdie was taken to a local hospital. Rushdie’s agent said he had been under surgery and was on a ventilator on Friday, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm, and he might be in danger of losing an eye, according to the Associated Press.
Staniszewski said to the interviewer Henry Reese that he had been treated at a local hospital for a minor head injury and released since then.
Reese is the co-founder of City of Asylum, a program that aids writers who have fiction FANDOM writer in exile. Rushdie was in the audience during the PEN International Author Cities of Asylum tour and was with Reese during the attack.
Chautauqua Institution President Michael Hill said security needs are assessed on a case-by-case basis. “Because of our size, I’d say we take our security needs very seriously,” he said at the press display.
Due to its great importance, the Chautauqua Institution said that it had a state trooper and representative of law enforcement in residence.
Matar had purchased a pass to the event like everybody else, Hill explained. “What we experienced at Chautauqua today was not something we’ve ever seen or heard of before,” Hill said. “Today, now, we’re called to combat fear and intolerance.”
Rushdie was enjoying Pru sending them a telegram to highlight their work as an incentive for writers who are willing to flee from their home countries, conveying the information of the Chautauqua event page.
Rushdie has authored 14 novels, such as The Satanic Verses, one of the most popular books he’s written. His novel The Satanic Verses resulted in several death threats against Rushdie after Iran’s supreme religious leader publicized it in 1989.
The novelist and advocate Rushdie has put forth freedom of expression for many years. He served as president of PEN America from 2004 to 2006 and was chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival for ten years.
PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel issued a press announcement revealing that the organization was taken aback by an act perpetrated by Rushdie. Rushdie had sent an email just hours before his criminal act in a visit to Ukraine to allow the Afghani writers asylum.
Salman Rushdie has been subject to ad hominem attacks for decades, but has never changed or lowered his stance, Salmaan Nossel stated. He has devoted his life to helping others who are afflicted and vulnerable.