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Salman Rushdie Stabbing Suspect Arrested On Attempted Murder Charge, Pleads Not Guilty

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A day after Salman Rushdie was stabbed Friday by a man who rushed the stage as the author was about to give a lecture in western New York, authorities announced the suspect was arrested on an attempted murder charge.

Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital and underwent surgery after the attack. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said Friday night the author is currently on a ventilator and cannot speak.

He said Rushdie will likely lose an eye, adding that the nerves in his arm were “severed” and his liver was “stabbed and damaged.” Police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey.

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