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Salman Rushdie was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

Author Salman Rushdie is treated by emergency personnel after he was stabbed on stage before his scheduled speech at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.TMX/MARY NEWSOM/Reuters

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Blood stains mark a screen as author Salman Rushdie, behind screen, is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.Joshua Goodman/The Associated Press

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Author Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution.Joshua Goodman/The Associated Press

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An officer with the Chautauqua Sheriff's Department speaks to a person at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y..Joshua Bessex/The Associated Press

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Author Salman Rushdie is transported to a helicopter after he was stabbed on stage before his scheduled speech at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.TWITTER @HORATIOGATES3/Reuters

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Law enforcement stand watch outside at the Chautauqua Institution after author Salman Rushdie was attacked during a lecture in Chautauqua, N.Y..Joshua Goodman/The Associated Press

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An officer stands outside a gate of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y..Joshua Bessex/The Associated Press

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A person makes a call outside the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y..Joshua Bessex/The Associated Press

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A police officer, center, carries out a bag from the amphitheater after author Salman Rushdie was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution.Joshua Goodman/The Associated Press

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File photo of writer Salman Rushdie interviewed during Heartland Festival in Kvaerndrup, Denmark June 2, 2018.Ritzau Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

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Author Salman Rushdie is helped by people after he was stabbed on stage before his scheduled speech at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.CHARLES SAVENOR/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX/Reuters

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Author Salman Rushdie is transported to a helicopter after he was stabbed on stage before his scheduled speech at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.TWITTER @HORATIOGATES3/Reuters

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Linda Abrams stands outside of the Chautauqua Institute where author Salman Rushdie was attacked, in Chautauqua, N.Y. Abrams, from the Buffalo area, who was sitting on the front row, said the assailant kept trying to attack Mr. Rushdie even after he was restrained.MADDIE MCGARVEY/The New York Times News Service

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The Chautauqua Institution is closed after author Salman Rushdie was attacked, in Chautauqua, N.Y.MADDIE MCGARVEY/The New York Times News Service

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Law enforcement officers detain a person outside the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y..Charles Fox/The Associated Press

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