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On stage, Salman Rushdie, a celebrated author and winner of top literary awards, was stabbed before giving a lecture.  

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A state trooper took Rushdie into custody at the event. His condition is unknown. An interviewer suffered a minor head injury as well, police said.

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A state trooper "stepped up and saved his life and protected him as well as the moderator who was attacked," Hochul told reporters Friday.

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It seems Rushdie has been unfazed by threats his entire adult life, despite decades of speaking truth to power.

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Approximately 10:45 a.m., a man in black struck the author from 75 feet away.

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There were no metal detectors or security searches, according to the witnesses. They declined to be identified for safety reasons.

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Taking a quick step down an aisle, the attacker jumped on stage, jumped on the author, and repeatedly stabbed him.

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Chautauqua Amphitheater said Friday's event is about creative freedom for writers and exiles within the United States.

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Stephen King and JK Rowling expressed well wishes for Rushdie.

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A 75-year-old Indian-American, he was educated at Rugby School and the University of Cambridge where he obtained an MA in history.

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In 1988 Rushdie's fourth novel, "The Satanic Verses," was published, and it has haunted him for the past three decades.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late Iranian leader, called Rushdie a blasphemer and called the book sacrilegious.