Author JK Rowling has received a death threat for a tweet condemning the attack on Salman Rushdie. Rowling, 57, took to Twitter to share screenshots of the threat message from a user.
The Harry Potter author had reacted to the stabbing incident involving Rushdie with a tweet saying she felt very sick and hoped the novelist would be ok. In response, a user wrote: “Don’t worry. You are next.”
The Twitter handle, which issued the death threat, had also praised Hadi Matar, the assailant from New Jersey who stabbed Rusdhie several times during a literary event in western New York on Friday.
Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may lose an eye after he was stabbed by Hadi Matar, who apparently sympathised with Shia extremism and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Matar has since been charged with attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree, and police are probing the motive behind the attack.
Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.