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Salman Rushdie – latest: Author takes a ventilator and talks as Hadi Matar pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

Sir Salman Rushdie’s agent has confirmed he has been taken off a ventilator and talks as the man accused of stabbing him on Saturday pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault.

A lawyer for Hadi Matar, 24, argued on his behalf during a formal hearing in a western New York court.

Matar appeared in court in a black and white jumpsuit and white facemask, his hands cuffed in front of him.

A judge ordered him to be held without bail after prosecutor Jason Schmidt told her that Matar was taking steps to deliberately put himself in a position to harm Sir Salman, by getting an entry pass to the event where the author was speaking and arrived the day before with a false identity card.

“This was a targeted, unprovoked, pre-planned attack on Mr Rushdie,” said Mr Schmidt.

Sir Salman suffered serious injuries and is in hospital on a ventilator and may lose an eye, his agent said.

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Watch: Moments when Salman Rushdie’s attacker was apprehended seconds after the author’s stabbing

Audience members tackle a knifeman just after he stabbed Sir Salman Rushdie on stage in New York, new footage shows.

In the clip, filmed Aug. 12, the Chautauqua Institution audience can be heard screaming as dozens arrest the attacker, identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar of New Jersey.

Several witnesses rush onto the stage and appear to pull the attacker away The Devil’s Verses author before tackling him to the ground, while others quickly surround Rushdie and begin to give him medical attention.

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JK Rowling Says Police Involved After Death Threat After Salman Rushdie Tweet

JK Rowling has told fans the police are involved after a tweet about Salman Rushdie sparked a death threat on Twitter.

the controversial Harry Potter author had expressed condolences to Rushdie after he was stabbed onstage at a literary event in New York on Friday.

Shortly after posting the message, Rowling shared an image of a reply she received, which read, “Don’t worry, you’re next.”

The author initially tagged in Twitter’s support account, writing, “Any chance of any support?”

She later gave fans an update, thanking them for their messages, writing, “To all sending supportive messages: Thank you. The police are involved (already involved in other threats).”

Louis Chilton has the full story:

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Salman Rushdie is not on a ventilator and can talk, agent confirms

Salman Rushdie was taken off the ventilator and was able to speak on Saturday, his agent has confirmed.

The Devil’s Verses novelist remains hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer said in a since-deleted tweet on Saturday night that he was “on the ventilator and talking (and joking)”.

Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without giving further details.

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Suspect was ‘loner’ who did a lot of fitness

Hadi Matar, who has been charged with the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie, is a “loner” who, according to one of his neighbors, had focused on losing weight.

They said The times: “We talked about exercise and fitness and food – he wanted to lose weight because he was a little overweight. Once he started working out, he lost a lot of weight.

“We used to box together, but we didn’t do sparring, we did jumping, boxing, not the heavy stuff.

“I would say he was a loner and I didn’t see him with friends and I don’t think he socialized much. You could see what he was like.”

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Suspect’s former stepfather cried over news of attack

Hadi Matar’s former stepfather wept when he learned that the 24-year-old was being investigated for the attack on Salman Rushdie.

In New Jersey, Fouad Komayah told: The times: “Hadi? No! Hadi? Hadi? Hadi is a very good boy, he is smart, he has a good heart. He wouldn’t touch anyone.”

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In the photo: suspect Hadi Matar appears in court

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Rushdie came to believe that ‘life was back to normal’ before the attack

Salman Rushdie believed his life had returned to “very normal” just weeks before he was attacked onstage in New York.

The author told a journalist from the German news magazine strict that he would have been in much more danger if there had been social media when he wrote The Satanic Verses.

He said: “A fatwa is serious business. Luckily we didn’t have internet then. The Iranians had to fax the fatwa to the mosques. That was all a long time ago. Now my life is back to normal.”

He said he was no longer afraid of “religious fanaticism”. “The greatest danger we currently face is that we will lose our democracy,” he said.

“Since the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, I have been deeply concerned that the US will not succeed. That the problems are irreparable and the country will fall apart. The greatest danger we face today is this kind of crypto-fascism that we see in America and elsewhere.”

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EU chief condemns Rushdie attack

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said on Saturday that he “strongly” condemned the attack on writer Salman Rushdie.

“International rejection of such criminal actions, which violate fundamental rights and freedoms, is the only way to a better and more peaceful world,” Borrell said in his tweet.

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Attack on Rushdie was ‘pre-planned’, lawyer says

The man accused of stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges of attempted murder and assault in what a prosecutor called a “pre-planned” crime as the famous author of The Satanic Verses suffered serious injuries. was in hospital.

A lawyer for Hadi Matar argued on his behalf during a formal hearing in a western New York court.

Matar appeared in court in a black and white jumpsuit and white facemask, his hands cuffed in front of him.

A judge ordered him to be held without bail after prosecutor Jason Schmidt told her that Matar was taking steps to deliberately put himself in a position to harm Sir Salman, by getting an entry pass to the event where the author was speaking and arrived the day before with a false identity card.

“This was a targeted, unprovoked, pre-planned attack on Mr Rushdie,” said Mr Schmidt.

Public defender Nathaniel Barone said authorities had taken too long to get Matar to appear in court as they “plugged him into a bench in the state police barracks”.

“He has that constitutional right of presumed innocence,” Barone added.

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Rushdie’s wounds include a stab wound to his right eye

Salman Rushdie’s injuries include three stab wounds to the right side of the front of his neck and a stab wound to his right eye, Chautauqua’s district attorney has said.

The author also has four stab wounds to his stomach, a stab wound to his check and a laceration to his right thigh, the lawyer said.

The details of his injuries were provided during the arraignment of the suspect Matar.

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