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Author Salman Rushdie Stabbed on Lecture Stage in New York

Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture on Aug. 12, 2022.

Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture on Aug. 12, 2022.

Photographer: Joshua Goodman/AP Photo

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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.