Crime Salman Rushdie's Ex Padma Lakshmi Shares Message of Support After Stabbing
Salman Rushdie Attacked Onstage After Having Bounty in Place for Years
A reporter saw a man rush up to a stage and attack the author before he was expected to deliver a lecture in New York on Friday morning.According to the Associated Press, a reporter saw a man rush to the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and attack Rushdie. The man was reportedly restrained at the scene.
Salman Rushdie's ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi, has shared a message of support for the author, after he was stabbed during a planned event at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on Friday.
Rushdie, 75,as he took the stage. State said suspect Hadi Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, rushed the stage and knifed Rushdie, who suffered stab wounds to his neck and chest.
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As of Friday evening, authorities had yet to reveal a potential motive behind the stabbing or announce charges against Matar, 24. Few details about Matar's background have been released.
The audience and the institution's staff helped restrain Matar, who had purchased a ticket for the talk, and was taken into custody by a state trooper assigned to provide security, state police said. Rushdie was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
An agent for Indian-born Rushdie, who is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., has since revealed that the author wasin the vicious attack.
Saying "the news is not good," Andrew Wylie, Rushdie's agent,The New York Times in an email on Friday evening that the writer "will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged."
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With Rushdie remaining hospitalized, Lakshmi, who was married to Rushdie between 2004 and 2007, took toto wish the writer a "swift healing."
"Relieved @SalmanRushdie is pulling through after Friday's nightmare," she wrote on Sunday. "Worried and wordless, can finally exhale. Now hoping for swift healing."
Relieved— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) is pulling through after Friday’s nightmare. Worried and wordless, can finally exhale. Now hoping for swift healing.
Meanwhile, Rushdie's son, Safar Rushdie, said that his father had suffered "life-changing" injuries from the attack, though he has been "able to say a few words" and continues to display his "usual feisty and defiant sense of humour."
"Following the attack on Friday, my father remains in critical condition in hospital receiving extensive ongoing medical treatment," Safar Rushdiein a statement shared on Twitter on behalf of the family on Sunday.
Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator, could lose eye after stabbing on lecture stage
Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital. "The news is not good," his agent said, adding that he had nerve and liver damage.Rushdie, whose book "The Satanic Verses" sent him undercover out of fear for his life, was preparing to speak at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York when Hadi Matar, 24, rushed the stage around 10:45 a.m., attacked him and an interviewer and then started to stab the 75-year-old author, police said.
"We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and additional oxygen and he was able to say a few words," he went on. "Though his life changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humour remains intact.
"We are so grateful to all the audience members who bravely leapt to his defense and administered first aid along with the police and doctors who have cared for him and for the outpouring of love and support from around the world.
"We ask for continued patience and privacy as the family come together at his bedside to support and help him through this time."
A family statement…— Zafar Rushdie (@ZafRushdie)
Salman Rushdie has long been a target after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeinicalling for the death of the author over his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses.
While the novel received critical praise, its depiction of the life of Islamic prophet Muhammad has been a source of ongoing controversy and protests that have involved burning copies of the book.
Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing
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. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was on a ventilator Friday evening, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose. © Provided by Associated Press ADDS NAME OF DETAINED PERSON This still image from video shows Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, N.J.
The threats sent Salman Rushdie into hiding and he was placed under police protection. In 2000, Rushdie re-emerged and moved to the U.S.
Two years earlier, Iranian leader Muhammad Khatami said that the government would "neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie," although some hardliners have continued to call for the author's death.
Newsweek has reached out to Wylie and the New York State Police for comment.
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