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BREAKING: Controversial Novelist Salman Rushdie Stabbed On New York Stage

Chautauqua, NY – Venerated novelist Salman Rushdie was stabbed as he took the stage to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institution on Friday morning.

Rushie, whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was being introduced when a man stormed the stage and attacked him, according to the Associated Press.

Witnesses said the man stabbed or punched the 75-year-old author multiple times.

Rushie fell to the floor near the podium, pictures from the scene posted to social media indicated.

The man who attacked the author was restrained, the Associated Press reported.

A group of people quickly surrounded Rushdie and began performing First Aid.

He was airlifted to the hospital while the hundreds of people in the audience who were there to hear Rushdie speak were evacuated from the auditorium, the Associated Press reported.

The famous novelist’s medical condition was not known.

The man who attacked him was taken into custody at the scene.

Officials have not yet released any information about the suspect or his motives, but speculation on the Internet ran the gamut.

The wounded author has had a bounty on his head for almost 35 years, the Associated Press reported.

Rushdie’s novel, “The Satanic Verses,” was banned in Iran in 1988 because many Muslims considered it blasphemous.

Iran’s late leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s murder in 1989, according to the Associated Press.

He offered a bounty of $3 million to anyone who killed Rushdie.

A semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the bounty from $2.8 million to $3.3 million in 2012, the Associated Press reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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