Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on a lecture stage in New York.

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born author who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s.

Rushdie was transported to a local hospital by helicopter with a stab wound to the neck, police said.

He was attending a lecture series at the Chautauqua Institution as a guest speaker when the incident occurred.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody and Rushdie was transported to a local hospital. 

Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist. He has authored more than a dozen books, and six of his novels are USA TODAY bestsellers. 

His book "The Satanic Verses" has been banned in Iran since the late 1980s, and many Muslims consider it blasphemous.

He’s known as one of one of the most significant champions of freedom of speech.