Salman Rushdie stabbed multiple times at conference in New York

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On Friday, Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage while addressing a seminar while giving a lecture in western New York. The writer is a diaspora novelist famous for his controversial takes on religion and culture. He faced major backlash and even encountered death threats in the 1980s from Iran because of his novel The Satanic Verses.

According to witnesses who attended the conference, according to ET, a man was seen rushing onto the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and began punching or stabbing the novelist as he was introduced to the crowd. The 75-year-old author fell to the ground or was made to lie down. After the shocking incident, the man who stabbed the famous writer was restrained and taken into custody. Rushdie was soon surrounded by a swarm of people trying to help the author by keeping his legs up presumably to send blood to his chest.

Hundreds of people eager to listen to Rushdie’s lecture gasped collectively at the sight of the savage attack and were later evacuated from the hall. Rushdie was about to discuss his views on “the United States as a haven for exiled writers and other artists and as a home for freedom of creative expression.”

According to other reports, Rushdie is now stable after being stabbed in the neck 12 to 15 times. Click on HERE to verify the aftermath of the incident at the New York institution.

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