Saturday, July 13, 2024

Updating: Salman Rushdie Stabbed in the Neck on Stage at Reading in Upstate NY: Suspect in Custody, Author in Surgery


According to reports, author Salman Rushdie was stabbed this morning while giving a talk at the Chautauqua Arts Festival in upstate New York.

Here’s a link to the CNN report.

Rushdie was once under an Iranian “fatwa” for his novel, The Satanic Verses. He always had security with him for public appearances in case a crazy person attempted something like this. It’s unclear if his attacker was motivated by religious zealotry or was just violent and insane.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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