JK Rowling involves police for death threats in wake of Salman Rushdie stabbing


JK Rowling has received death threats after Salman Rushdie was stabbed (Picture: Getty Images)

JK Rowling has revealed she is working with the police after receiving death threats following author Salman Rushdie being stabbed in New York. 

The Harry Potter creator, 57, had revealed a man had responded to her tweet about the stabbing to tell her ‘don’t worry, you’re next.’

She shared screenshots of his account and posts, asking Twitter Support: ‘any chance of some support?’

Rowling then confirmed: ‘To all sending supportive messages: thank you. Police are involved (were already involved on other threats).’

She had been among the famous faces who had spoken out to wish Rushdie well after he was attacked before an event.

Rowling tweeted: ‘Horrifying news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok.’

Rushdie, 75, who had previously received death threats after his controversial book, The Satanic Verses, was released in 1988, was stabbed on stage at the Chautauqua Institution, leaving him on a ventilator. 

Andrew Wylie, his book agent, updated on his condition in a written statement, revealing: ‘The news is not good. 

‘Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.’

The author was stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen, according to police officials, before he was taken to hospital.

Author Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Goodman)

Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage in New York (Picture: AP)

Major Eugene Staniszweski said at a press conference held in Jamestown on Friday: ‘Earlier today at approximately 10.47am, guest speaker Salman Rushdie, aged 75, and Ralph Henry Reese, age 73, had just arrived on stage at the institution.

‘Shortly thereafter, the suspect jumped on to the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie, stabbing him at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen.

‘Several members of the staff at the institution and audience members rushed the suspect and took him to the ground, and shortly thereafter, a trooper who was at the institution took the suspect into custody with the assistance of a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy.

‘Mr Rushdie was provided medical treatment by a doctor who was in the audience until EMS arrived on scene.

‘Mr Rushdie was airlifted to a local trauma centre and is still currently undergoing surgery.’

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