Man accused of stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie pleads not guilty.

SALMAN RUSHDIE was allegedly stabbed 10 times as he spoke at the Chautauqua Institution, prosecutors said at the suspect's arraignment.

Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey has been charged with attempted murder and assault.

According to the New York Times, prosecutors said that the attack was premeditated and targeted at Rushdie.

Matar allegedly traveled to the location on a bus, purchasing a pass to get to Rushdie.

He is being held without bail and is pleading not guilty.

According to the Times, Rushie was on a ventilator and could not speak, his agent said.

His condition has since improved and he is off the ventilator and talking (and joking.)

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