Salman Rushdie, the British writer whose writings led to him being targeted for assassination in Iran and living in hiding, was attacked in a theater in West New York where he was giving a speech.
Videos posted on social media show people running to help Salman at the Chautauqua Institute.
Police confirmed that the 75-year-old writer was stabbed in the neck, but did not provide details. We also have yet to confirm his status.
“A man attacked Rushdie on stage. Rushdie suffered a neck injury and was taken by helicopter to the hospital. His condition is still unclear,” said a statement from the police.
A reporter from the AP news agency who was at the scene confirmed that the man who attacked Salman Rushdie stabbed or punched him at least 10 to 15 times.
Salman Rushdie collapsed at the scene and was taken to hospital by helicopter.
A book written by Salman Rushdie in 1988 called “The Satanic Verses” led to a fatal fatwa issued by former Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
This book was also considered by Muslims to be disrespectful to Prophet Muhammad.
Rushdie, who was born in India, whose parents were non-practicing Muslims, and who said he had no religion, lived in hiding after the book was published in 1988.
However, it began to appear in the late 1990s after Iran said it no longer supported the Kharijites.