Author Salman Rushdie, who has faced several death threats for his book The Satanic Verses, was attacked on Friday during an event in New York.
His writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s. Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.
A reporter of the news agency saw a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution began “punching or stabbing” Rushdie as he was being introduced before his speech at the event. The author fell to the floor, and the man was restrained, according to AP.
Some reports said that the Booker Prize winner had been stabbed, but the authorities have not confirmed details on the nature of the attack.
A video shared on social media showed attendees rushing onto the stage immediately after the attack.
The Satanic Verses, published in 1988, despite earning rave reviews and becoming a Booker Prize finalist, ran into controversy after being accused of blasphemy and mocking the Muslim faith.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa in February 1989 demanding Rushdie’s death.
The author was placed under police protection by the United Kingdom government for many years, and he was subjected to numerous threats of assassination. Several bookstores were attacked and the novel was banned in many countries, including India. – Agencies