Writer Salman Rushdie was cut prior to giving a discourse in Chautauqua, New York on Friday.

An Associated Press correspondent saw a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and start punching or cutting Rushdie as he was being presented. The creator was taken or tumbled to the floor, and the man was controlled.

In a public statement, the New York State Police affirmed that a man surged the stage and wounded Rushdie in the neck.

"Rushdie experienced a clear cut injury to the neck, and was shipped by helicopter to a region emergency clinic," the official statement said

 "His condition isn't yet known. The questioner experienced a minor head injury. A State Trooper relegated to the 

occasion quickly arrested the suspect. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office helped at the scene."

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Rushdie’s book "The Satanic Verses" has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered