Author Salman Rushdie reportedly stabbed before New York speech

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Novelist Salman Rushdie was reportedly stabbed before giving a speech in Chautauqua, New York.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.

Author Salman Rushdie, behind screen left, is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Author Salman Rushdie, behind screen left, is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. (AP/Joshua Goodman)

Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran has also offered over $3 million in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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