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New video of Salman Rushdie attack shows audience pandemonium

New video has emerged showing the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie.

The footage — which begins just seconds after the incident unfolded — shows the chaos in the auditorium of the Chautauqua Institute, where the celebrated author was attacked onstage.

It was posted to Facebook by Stephen Davies, who was in the audience.

Rushdie was stabbed 15 times and doctors say he has been placed on a ventilator and will likely lose an eye, according to reports.

“Tragedy at Chautauqua Institution today. I was there when Salman Rushdie was attacked. I started taking this video about 10 to 15 seconds later. Horrible,” Davies said in a Facebook post airing the footage.

The video shows audience members rushing the stage and swarming a protective enclosure around Rushdie. Many others take video, while audible gasping can he heard off-screen.

Footage captured by Stephen Davies shows when author Salman Rushdie was ruthlessly stabbed by alleged attacker Hadi Matar.
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Salman Rushdie, writer, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 10, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.
Author Salman Rushdie is currently on a ventilator after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
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Rushdie has spent decades looking over his shoulder after Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a call for his death after the publication of his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. The suspect, Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, is said to be sympathetic to the Iranian regime.

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