‘The Satanic Verses’ author has neck stab wound

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Salman Rushdie, the USA TODAY best selling author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

New York police said a state trooper assigned to the event took a suspect into custody following the attack. Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known.

Travis Seward, general manager for 10Best at USA TODAY, was at the event. He witnessed a man “bound” toward the stage from the audience with his “arms out swinging.” Seward said he did not hear the man shout anything, and that Rushdie tried to get away from the attacker and fell. It was not apparent if the assailant had a weapon from where Seward was, but a police said the author suffered an “apparent stab wound to the neck.”

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