Author Salman Rushdie is being cared for after being attacked Friday, August 12, 2022, during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York.
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Writer Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage during a panel discussion in Chautauqua, West New York, on Friday.
The New York State Police have released a statement regarding the incident.
“At approximately 11:00 am on August 12, 2022, the suspect man ran onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and the interviewer,” the statement read. “Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. His condition is not yet known. The interviewer suffered a minor head injury. Assigned to the event. State police immediately took the suspect into custody.”
A spokesperson for the Chautauqua Institution, where the panel was being held, told CNBC that the organization is coordinating with emergency authorities on the public response following the attack.
The Wiley Agency, which represents Rushdie, did not respond to a request for comment.
Rushdie’s book, The Satanic Verses, was banned in Iran and put him in hiding after a $3 million bounty was put up. Although the Iranian government has distanced itself from the bounty, the fatwa has been continued by a semi-official religious group, with bounties amounting to $3.3 million, according to the Associated Press.
Rushdie was knighted for his work in 2007 and has won many top literary awards, including two Whitbread Awards for best novel.
He was scheduled to sit on a panel alongside Henry Reese, president of the City of Pittsburgh’s Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to writers displaced under threat of persecution.
The agency’s website described the panel as “an argument for the United States as an asylum for writers and other artists in exile and a home for the freedom of creative expression.”
Rushdie was the former president of PEN America, a non-profit organization that champions freedom of expression and supports persecuted writers. PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel Statement issued after attack.
“A few hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman emailed me to help locate Ukrainian writers who needed a safe haven from the grave danger they faced,” Nossel said. writing. “Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades, but he has not flinched or flinched. I have devoted my tireless energy to it.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul thanked the New York State Police for their response to the attack on Rushdie.
“Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones after this horrific event,” the governor wrote. .”
Hochul later said that Rushdie was alive.
“It was a state trooper who stood up and saved his life,” the governor said during an event on gun violence, adding that the event’s host was also attacked. is getting the treatment he needs at a local hospital.”