Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on lecture stage in New York

August 25, 2022

(AP Photo/Joshua Goodman)CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York. He and Rushdie were due to discuss the United States as a refuge for writers and other artists in exile. ADVERTISEMENTA state trooper and a county sheriff’s deputy were assigned to Rushdie’s lecture, and state police said the trooper made the arrest. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “was appalled to learn of the attack” on Rushdie, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The center is known for its summertime lecture series, where Rushdie has spoken before.