Salman Rushdie was attacked in the neck on Friday as he was about to lecture in western New York. A reporter witnessed a man storm the stage and begin punching Salman Rushdie.

Iran PressAmerica: Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage at an event in New York and suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, according to New York State Police and an eyewitness.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was introduced.

He fell to the floor, and the man was restrained. Rushdie's condition was not immediately known.

Salman Rushdie, being flown to hospital.

Rushdie is the author of "The Satanic Verses," a blasphemous novel about Islam published in 1988, which sparked Muslims' outrage across the globe.

Rushdie's book has been banned in Islamic World since 1988, as many Muslims consider it blasphemous.

Rushdi's book attracted fierce protests across the world.