Controversial writer Salman Rushdie has been attacked in New York, Sky News reported on Friday.
Rushdie was set to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution when a man stabbed him as he was being introduced. The attacker was later overpowered.
Rushdie, a Booker Prize-winning author, courted global infamy following the publication of his divisive book The Satanic Verses. The book, deemed blasphemous by many, was banned across the Muslim world.
The writer had to spend years living underground after now-deceased Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (edict) calling for his death. A hefty bounty was also placed on his head.
75-year-old Rushdie was born in undivided India. He moved to England after. The writer is currently based in the United States of America.
His other works include: Midnight’s Children, East-West, Shame, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence. He has also authored Joseph Anton: a memoir of time spent underground.