Creator Salman Rushdie has been airlifted to hospital after being stabbed as much as 15 occasions, together with as soon as within the neck, as he ready to provide a speech in upstate New York.

The author, 75, was attacked as he was being launched to the stage for the CHQ 2022 occasion in Chautauqua, close to Buffalo, on Friday morning.

His agent, Andrew Wylie, stated that the writer was presently in surgical procedure for his accidents, however didn’t have an replace on his situation.  

Witnesses declare that Rushdie was stabbed ten to fifteen occasions, as a person approached him from behind earlier than dashing the stage.  

He was attending for a dialogue of america as asylum for writers and different artists in exile and as a house for freedom of artistic expression.

Witnesses claimed that his attacker managed to stroll off the stage after the stabbing, earlier than being restrained, as individuals rushed to help Rushdie – who had been seated when he was assaulted. 

Blood was spattered on the wall behind the place Rushdie had been attacked, with some additionally seen on a chair that he had been sitting on.

His present situation just isn’t recognized, and a person has been arrested by New York state troopers. The interviewer talking to Rushdie additionally suffered a minor head damage. 

Governor Kathy Hochul known as the assault on Rushdie ‘heartbreaking’ earlier than confirming that he’s ‘alive’, throughout and unrelated press convention. 

She added that he’s ‘getting the care he wants at a neighborhood hospital’, and {that a} state police trooper ‘stood up and saved his life’ after the assault.

One witness advised the New York Instances that Rushdie had been stabbed ‘a number of occasions’ and had been mendacity in a pool of his personal blood. 

Rita Landman provided her help after the incident, including that he gave the impression to be alive and didn’t obtain CPR. 

People rushed to assist the author after the attack, with the attacker being restrained by witnesses.  The motive for the stabbing is currently unknown

Individuals rushed to help the writer after the assault, with the attacker being restrained by witnesses.  The motive for the stabbing is presently unknown

Rushdie was airlifted to hospital after receiving medical assistance from those at the event near Buffalo, in Upstate New York

Rushdie was airlifted to hospital after receiving medical help from these on the occasion close to Buffalo, in Upstate New York 

Medics rushed to the scene to take the author to hospital to treat his injuries. A Chautauqua Institution spokesperson, where the event was taking place, said: 'We are dealing with an emergency situation. I can share no further details at this time.'

Medics rushed to the scene to take the writer to hospital to deal with his accidents. A Chautauqua Establishment spokesperson, the place the occasion was happening, stated: ‘We’re coping with an emergency scenario. I can share no additional particulars right now.’

The authors suspected attacker was pinned down by witnesses and security staff moments after the attack. Rushdie's son Zafar, 42, is aware of the incident

The authors suspected attacker was pinned down by witnesses and safety employees moments after the assault. Rushdie’s son Zafar, 42, is conscious of the incident

Landman stated: ‘Individuals had been saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse he has a pulse.’

Roger Warner of Cleveland, Ohio, was sitting on the entrance row when the assault came about, including: ‘He was coated with blood and there was blood working down onto the ground.

‘I simply noticed blood throughout his eyes and working down his cheek.’ 

Rushdie’s London-based son Zafar, 42, is conscious of the incident and his father has been seen being transported by air ambulance after the assault.

Rushdie has previously received death threats for his writing, with his book the Satanic Verses sparking protests in 1988

British-born Booker Prize successful writer Sir Salman Rushdie (pictured in 2019) acquired dying threats and was issued a fatwah by Iran for his 1988 novel, the Satanic Verses. He has lived within the U.S. since 2000 and was right this moment making ready to provide a lecture about America being a haven for writers in exile

Lots of of individuals within the viewers gasped on the sight of the assault and had been then evacuated as his alleged attacker was taken into custody.

John Bulette, 85, who witnessed the assault stated: ‘There was an enormous safety lapse. That any person might get that shut with none intervention was scary.’

An usher on the amphitheater claims that the safety on the Establishment was ‘lax’ and that no extra measures had been in place for Mr Rushdie’s go to. 

Kyle Doershuk, 20, stated: ‘It’s very open, it’s very accessible, it’s a really relaxed atmosphere, for my part one thing like this was simply ready to occur.’ 

A Chautauqua Establishment spokesperson added: ‘We’re coping with an emergency scenario. I can share no additional particulars right now.’

Rabbi Charles Savenor claims that your entire assault lasted round 20 seconds. 

He stated: ‘This man ran on to platform and began pounding on Mr. Rushdie. At first you’re like, “What’s happening?’”

After which it grew to become abundantly clear in a number of seconds that he was being overwhelmed.’

A consultant for the Iranian pursuits part on the embassy of Pakistan in Washington D.C. declined to touch upon the assault. 

The embassy diplomatically represents the federal government of Iran in america.

They advised the New York Instances ‘we aren’t getting concerned on this’, earlier than hanging up and refusing to provide a reputation.  

New York State Police stated in an announcement: ‘On August 12, 2022, at about 11 am, a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer.

‘Rushdie suffered an obvious stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an space hospital.

‘His situation just isn’t but recognized. The interviewer suffered a minor head damage.

‘A State Trooper assigned to the occasion instantly took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Workplace assisted on the scene.’

Rushdie was attacked on stage ahead of his speech in Chautauqua, near Buffalo, with witnesses claiming that he was 'punched and stabbed'

Rushdie was attacked on stage forward of his speech in Chautauqua, close to Buffalo, with witnesses claiming that he was ‘punched and stabbed’

Blood was spattered on the wall behind where Rushdie had been attacked, with some also seen on a chair. New York State Police confirmed that Rushdie was stabbed in the neck

Blood was spattered on the wall behind the place Rushdie had been attacked, with some additionally seen on a chair. New York State Police confirmed that Rushdie was stabbed within the neck

Medics attended to Rushdie after the attack, with witnesses saying a man 'punched and stabbed' the author as he was announced on stage

Medics attended to Rushdie after the assault, with witnesses saying a person ‘punched and stabbed’ the writer as he was introduced on stage

Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie spent years in hiding after being issued ‘non secular’ dying risk by Iran

Sir Salman Rushdie is a Booker Prize-winning writer and novelist.

The 75-year-old was born in India, and his writing is commonly primarily based across the themes of connections and migrations between Western and Jap civilizations.

He received the Booker Prize in 1981 for his second novel, Midnight’s Youngsters. His writing has spawned 30 book-length research, and over 700 articles on his writing.

Rushdie’s writings have broadly been acclaimed to the genres of magical realism and historic fiction.

He has been residing within the US since 2000, and he was named a Distinguished Author in Residence at New York College in 2015.

He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 5 occasions, together with for Midnight’s Youngsters, in 1983 for Disgrace, in 1988 for The Satanic Versus, in 1995 for The Moor’s Final Signal, and in 2019 for Quichotte.

Rushdie, 75, is an Indian-born acclaimed author and novelist

Rushdie, 75, is an Indian-born acclaimed writer and novelist

The writer was knighted in 2007 in Britain ‘for providers to literature’ by his pal, then Prime Minister Tony Blair.

His final piece of writing was about an assassination try, serializing a novella known as The Seventh Wave on Sub Stack, which appeared to give attention to spies and assassinations.

Rushdie has beforehand obtained dying threats for his writing, along with his e-book the Satanic Verses which supposedly insulted the Prophet Mohammed and The Koran. 

He wrote the Satanic Verses, which resulted in a tradition warfare being sparked in 1988 in Britain – with protests happening within the UK together with e-book burnings. 

Pakistan banned the e-book, and he was issued a fatwa – a dying sentence – by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in February 1989. 

Khomeini known as for the dying of Rushdie and his publishers, and in addition known as for Muslims to level him out to those that might kill him if they may not themselves.

The fatwa, or ‘non secular opinion’, adopted a wave of e-book burnings in Britain and rioting throughout the Muslim world which result in the deaths of 60 individuals and tons of being injured.

Rushdie was put below round the clock safety from 1989 to 2002, on the expense of the British taxpayer, when a $3million bounty was placed on his head.

He was pressured to enter hiding for a decade with police safety, and beforehand stated he obtained a ‘form of Valentines card’ from Iran annually letting him know the nation has not forgotten the vow to kill him.

In 2012, a semi-official Iranian spiritual basis raised the bounty for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

After the assault Rushdie, who moved to the US in 2000, was rapidly surrounded by a small group of people that held up his legs, presumably to ship extra blood to his chest. 

The writer beforehand complained about having ‘an excessive amount of’ safety whereas attending different occasions. 

He advised reporters a the Prague Author’s Pageant: ‘To be right here and to search out a big safety operation round me has truly felt just a little embarrassing. 

‘I assumed it was actually pointless and sort of extreme and was definitely not organized on my request.

‘I spent a substantial amount of time earlier than I got here right here saying that I actually didn’t need that. 

‘So I used to be very shocked to reach right here and uncover a extremely fairly substantial operation, as a result of it felt like being in a time warp, that I had gone again in time a number of years.’

Rushdie is a former president of PEN America, with their present CEO Suzanne Nossel issuing an announcement which stated: ‘PEN America is reeling from shock and horror at phrase of a brutal, premeditated assault on our former President and stalwart ally, Salman Rushdie, who was reportedly stabbed a number of occasions whereas on stage talking on the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York.

‘We will consider no comparable incident of a public violent assault on a literary author on American soil.

‘Simply hours earlier than the assault, on Friday morning Salman had emailed me to assist with placements for Ukrainian writers in want of protected refuge from the grave perils they face.

Police remain on the scene outside of the Chautauqua Institution after Rushdie was flown to hospital via air ambulance on Friday afternoon

Police stay on the scene exterior of the Chautauqua Establishment after Rushdie was flown to hospital through air ambulance on Friday afternoon 

Dozens of onlookers quickly rushed to the stage to try to apprehend the suspect, and help Rushdie after he was attacked in front of hundreds

Dozens of onlookers rapidly rushed to the stage to attempt to apprehend the suspect, and assist Rushdie after he was attacked in entrance of tons of

He was urgently taken to hospital via air ambulance, with his current condition unknown. Rushdie was reportedly stabbed ten to fifteen times, suffering knife wounds in the neck

He was urgently taken to hospital through air ambulance, along with his present situation unknown. Rushdie was reportedly stabbed ten to fifteen occasions, struggling knife wounds within the neck

His agent, Andrew Wylie, said that the author was currently in surgery for his injuries, but did not have an update on his condition

His agent, Andrew Wylie, stated that the writer was presently in surgical procedure for his accidents, however didn’t have an replace on his situation

The Seventh Wave: Rushdie’s final revealed work centered on spies and assassinations

Salman Rushdie was serializing a novella known as The Seventh Wave, on Sub Stack, which appeared to have a heavy give attention to spies and arranged killings. 

His newest piece of writing referenced males in ‘sodden balaclavas’:

Episode 48

The 4 males in black sporting sodden balaclavas are out within the open, closing in. ANNA and FRANCIS are on the terrace of the home, holding weapons.

FIRST MAN (shouting)

Come down, Anna, No one gonna damage you. And the opposite particular person we don’t require.

ANNA (shouting again)

Hi there, boys! Would you want a refreshing drink?

(They arrive nearer.)

SECOND MAN (additionally shouting)

Don’t you crack clever now, Anna. No, we don’t want no fucking drink. Perhaps you didn’t discover it’s moist out.

ANNA (nonetheless shouting)

We’ve towels. It’s worthwhile to dry your hair?


They’re inside vary now. That is too straightforward. We will take all of them.


I don’t know, Anna. I can’t do it.

Credit score: Sub Stack  

‘Salman Rushdie has been focused for his phrases for many years however has by no means flinched nor faltered. He has devoted tireless vitality to helping others who’re weak and menaced.

‘Whereas we have no idea the origins or motives of this savage assault, all these world wide who’ve met phrases with violence or known as for a similar are culpable for legitimizing this an assault on a author whereas he was engaged in his important work of connecting to readers.

‘Our ideas and passions now lie with our dauntless Salman, wishing him a full and speedy restoration.

‘We hope and imagine fervently that his important voice can not and won’t be silenced.’

Hitoshi Igarashi, who translated The Satanic Verses into Japanese for Rushdie, was stabbed to dying on the campus the place he taught literature. 

Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator of the e-book, was knifed in his house in Milan. 

The novel’s Norwegian writer William Nygaard, was shot 3 times exterior his dwelling and left for lifeless in October 1993,  however survived the assault. 

In Turkey, the e-book’s translator, Aziz Nesin, was the goal of an arson assault on a lodge that killed 37. 

Rushdie beforehand wrote a 655-page fatwa memoir, which was nominated for the UK’s high non- fiction award, the Samuel Johnson prize. 

Throughout the fatwa he lived in everlasting terror and at one level thought his ex-wife Clarissa Luard and their son Zafar, who was 9 on the time, had been killed by assassins or kidnapped.

In 1998 Iran’s reformist president relaxed the fatwa and stated it had no intention of monitoring Rushdie down and killing him.

Technically it nonetheless stands however is unlikely to be enforced. 

The Index on Censorship, a company selling free expression, stated cash was raised to spice up the reward for his killing as lately as 2016, underscoring that the fatwa for his dying nonetheless stands. 

He has has two kids from his 4 marriages – his different son is named Milan – however has been linked with many different girls together with Indian mannequin Riya Sen.

Prince Charles additionally reportedly refused to help the writer throughout his fatwa as a result of he thought the e-book was offensive to Muslims.

In an article for Vainness Honest journal, Martin Amis claimed that the Prince’s views induced a row at a cocktail party after Rushdie was issued with the dying sentence by Islamic clerics in 1989.

Amis claims that Charles advised him that he wouldn’t provide help ‘if somebody insults another person’s deepest convictions’.

Amis remonstrated with him however all Charles did was ‘take it on board’, although Rushdie is a British-Indian citizen.

Fellow writer Stephen King additionally refused to let shops in America promote his books in the event that they refused to hold The Satanic Verses.

Rushdie has spoken on the Chautauqua Establishment earlier than, which is predicated about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural nook of New York.

It’s recognized for its summertime lecture sequence. 

Rushdie has been married 4 occasions and had a string of high-profile romances that included Padma Lakshmi, Olivia Huge, and fashions a long time youthful than him.

He met his first spouse, Clarissa Luard, at a pop live performance within the UK in 1969, with the couple marrying in 1976 and having their son Zafar three years later.

Though they divorced in 1987, they remained shut buddies, and Rushdie reportedly stayed by her facet when she died from breast most cancers at age 50 in 1999.

Rushdie has been married four times, including to Elizabeth West Salman, pictured. The couple married in 1994 and two had a son, Milan, in 1999

Rushdie has been married 4 occasions, together with to Elizabeth West Salman, pictured. The couple married in 1994 and two had a son, Milan, in 1999

Rushdie attributed his intellect and 'good looks' for his successful love life, which included dates with Oliva Wilde (left). The two were pictured together at the Washington Correspondents Dinner in 2008

Rushdie attributed his mind and ‘attractiveness’ for his profitable love life, which included dates with Oliva Wilde (left). The 2 had been pictured collectively on the Washington Correspondents Dinner in 2008

Salman Rushdie (right) together with his fourth wife, model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshimi attending the Cannes Film Festival in 2004

Salman Rushdie (proper) collectively along with his fourth spouse, mannequin and High Chef host Padma Lakshimi attending the Cannes Movie Pageant in 2004

By the point Luard handed, Rushdie had already been married twice. He tied the knot Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins, an American, in 1988 after which to editor Elizabeth West in 1997.

Rushdie was with Wiggins when he confronted backlash over The Satanic Verses, with Rushdie saying that he heard criticisms that his ‘Jewish spouse’ made him write it.

‘At its most disagreeable it was levelled at me from the Islamic facet that the Jews made me do it,’ Rushdie stated. ‘They stated my [second] spouse was Jewish. She wasn’t, she was American.’

Wiggins spent a while in hiding even after the couple divorced in 1993, and the next yr, Rushdie married Elizabeth West, and the 2 had a son, Milan, in 1999.

Rushdie had beforehand stated that he and West, an writer and editor, started rising aside when he needed to maneuver to the US and he or she needed to remain within the UK and have one other youngster.

Following a miscarriage, the couple formally break up in 2004.

ollowing the break up from West, Rushdie instantly dove into the world of pop celebrities, marrying mannequin turned High Chef host Padma Lakshmi in 2004.

The 2 had met again in 1999 at a lavish New York Metropolis social gathering thrown by media queen Tina Brown. Lakshmi alleges that the 2 had an affair in the course of the social gathering, and that Rushdie promised to be together with her as soon as his rocky marriage to West concludes.

Rushdie’s 2001 novel, Fury, was devoted to Lakshmi. On the time of the marriage, Lakshmi was 28, whereas Rushdie was 51.

Whereas Rushdie’s earlier marriages lasted greater than a decade, his union with Lakshmi solely lasted three years, with the novelist bemoaning her in his memoir as a ‘dangerous funding’ who overly narcissistic and impressive.

Lakshmi hit again at Rushdie in her personal memoirs, calling him ‘sexually needy’ and insensitive to her endometriosis.

How Salman Rushdie lived below the shadow of a fatwa for 30 years: British writer went into hiding when Iran’s non secular chief ordered he was killed for ‘blasphemous’ The Satanic Verses however he was residing a ‘regular life’ in New York earlier than his stabbing 


He was first pressured into hiding greater than 30 years in the past by Iran’s theocratic dictatorship after the regime branded The Satanic Verses a piece of blasphemy.

From ever-changing protected homes, fixed armed guards and a brand new identification, to lastly discovering a brand new dwelling within the US, British writer Salman Rushdie has now been stabbed within the neck on stage in New York – the supposed beating coronary heart of free speech and tradition.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Chief of the Islamic republic, issued a fatwa – or spiritual ruling – calling on all Muslims to homicide the celebrated atheist writer and anybody concerned within the publication of The Satanic Verses on February 14, 1989.

Rushdie, now 75, was pressured to dwell below the lengthy shadow the fatwa forged till it was lastly lifted by Iran’s hardline regime in 1998.

However for 9 years, the author continuously between protected homes and was protected by round the clock armed guards. He even adopted an alias, Joseph Anton – a mixture of the primary names of two of his favorite writers, Conrad and Chekhov. 

The fatwa additionally led to the homicide of the e-book’s Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi, the focusing on of its translators and publishers in Turkey, Norway and Italy, and worldwide riots and book-burnings – whereas The Satanic Verses itself was banned in lots of nations. 

Sir Salman Rushdie holding a copy of The Satanic Verses during a 1992 news conference in Arlington

Sir Salman Rushdie holding a replica of The Satanic Verses throughout a 1992 information convention in Arlington

Talking concerning the controversy with the Mail, Sir Salman stated: ‘Being below the fatwa was a jail, however I believe that one of many issues is that from the skin it seemed glamorous, as I generally confirmed up in locations in Jags with individuals leaping out to open the door and ensure you get in safely and so forth. Seems of who the hell does he assume he’s? Nicely, from my facet it felt like jail.

‘There was this crude argument that I did it not directly for private benefit, to make myself extra well-known or to become profitable. At its most disagreeable it was levelled at me from the Islamic facet that the Jews made me do it. They stated my [second] spouse was Jewish. She wasn’t, she was American.

‘If I had merely needed to commerce on an insult to Islam I might have achieved it in a sentence moderately than writing a 250,000-word novel, a piece of fiction.’

Muslim activists beat a burning effigy of Salman Rushdie in New Delhi

Muslim activists beat a burning effigy of Salman Rushdie in New Delhi

‘What it’s a must to bear in mind is that The Satanic Verses just isn’t known as Islam the Prophet, it’s not known as Mohammed, the nation just isn’t known as Arabia – all of it occurs within the dream of any person who’s shedding their thoughts.’

What nonetheless shocks him is that no radical Muslims in Britain who backed the decision for his assassination had been ever prosecuted.

‘There have been these events, like in Manchester, the place Muslim leaders stated to their congregation, ‘Inform me who on this viewers could be able to kill Rushdie?’ and everybody within the viewers raised their hand. And the police thought this was OK.’

He says: ‘Supposing I had been the Queen and an imam stated to his congregation, ‘Who could be able to kill the Queen?’ and all people raised their hand. Would you assume the police wouldn’t act?

‘I solely use the Queen for instance to dramatize this but it surely appears odd that when it’s a novelist of overseas origin, due to this fact not fully British not directly, that it was allowed to occur with impunity.’

Rushdie remembers his break up from his spouse Marianne as being a very traumatic time. She claimed that the CIA was conscious of Rushdie’s whereabouts and so his cowl was blown. When he realized that she was mendacity he determined to finish the connection.

 ‘It was very stunning. There merely was some extent at which I had to decide on whether or not to be alone in the course of this hurricane with no one there for companionship or whether or not I by some means needed to put up with this particular person in whom it was troublesome to have religion.

‘It was horrifying to be advised by a policeman that they believed that your spouse was mendacity to you. It’s an expertise most of us haven’t got. After which for her to say that it was the police who had been to be blamed and that I should not belief them units a sort of mindf*** and I needed to make my judgments. 

‘It grew to become unattainable for me to place confidence in her veracity. So ultimately I assumed it was higher to separate.’

In an interview three years in the past, he stated: Islam was not a factor. Nobody was pondering in that means. One of many issues that has occurred is that individuals within the West are extra knowledgeable than they was’. 

He ruefully added: ‘I used to be 41 again then, now I’m 71. Issues are advantageous now. We dwell in a world the place the topic adjustments very quick. And this can be a very previous topic. There are actually many different issues to be frightened about – and different individuals to kill’.