Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage at an event in western New York on Friday morning.
According to police, Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition was not immediately known.
Rushdie was scheduled to speak at the Chautauqua Institution as part of a lecture series on writers exiled under threat of persecution.
According to an Associated Press reporter who was at the event, Rushdie was attacked by a man who hopped on stage while he was being introduced.
The man began “stabbing or punching” Rushdie, who fell to the floor. The man was then restrained and taken into custody by a state trooper.
Photos and video from the scene show staffers tending to Rushdie, who was later helped off stage.
Henry Reese, the founder of a literary non-profit who was appearing onstage alongside Rushdie, suffered “a minor head injury,” police said.