While giving a speech in New York, author Salman Rushdie was assaulted.

While giving a speech in New York, author Salman Rushdie was assaulted.

Salman Rushdie, who faced death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was assaulted Friday in New York, police said.

Rushdie was flown to a hospital with a neck knife wound, authorities said.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fair View, New Jersey, has been identified as the person in arrest by police.

The 75-year-old novelist was speaking at Chautauqua Institution when the tragedy happened.

The suspect transported Rushdie to a hospital. Staniszewski said Rushdie's recovery is questionable.

President Michael Hill of Chautauqua Institution said event security is case-by-case.

Because of the importance of the occasion, a State Trooper and Sheriff's officer were there.

"Today was unlike anything in Chautauqua's almost 150-year history," Hill added.

Rushdie was at Chautauqua to discuss with Reese how the U.S. helps writers in exile.

Rushdie's 14 novels include The Satanic Verses, which prompted death threats from Iran's government in 1989.

Rushdie has always advocated for the value of free speech outside his literary work.

He was president of PEN America from 2004 to 2006 and chairman of PEN World Voices for 10 years.

"Salman Rushdie has been attacked for his words for decades but has never flinched or wavered," Nossel remarked.