Padma Lakshmi on ex-husband Salman Rushdie’s attack: I am ‘worried and wordless’


Padma Lakshmi Showing her support for ex-husband and author Salman Rushdie After a tragic incident last week.

The “Top Chef” star tweeted on Sunday that she felt “relieved”. stabbed several times While on stage in New York.

“Anxious and wordless, can finally exhale,” Lakshmi also wrote in her tweet, suggesting that the writer’s condition is improving. “Hope for a speedy recovery now.”

On Friday, a man reached the stage at the Chautauqua Institution, where Rushdie was being offered to give a speech On the importance of freedom of creative expression.

According to an Associated Press reporter present at the scene, the man soon began “punching or hitting” the author.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said Press conference That the moderator of the incident was also attacked.

On Saturday, Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie asked the author condition was improving, He was taken off the ventilator and was able to talk. Wylie had previously said that 75-year-old Rushdie had a liver failure and a broken vein in one arm. He also noted that Rushdie was likely to lose one eye.

Iran’s political regime has long targeted Rushdie for his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses.” Former Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwaOr the religious order, which called for the death penalty for Rushdie for allegedly writing a book containing blasphemy.

Rushdie was forced into hiding for nearly a decade after the book’s publication.

Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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Lakshmi met Rushdie at a party in New York in 1999 when he was married and was an aspiring model and actress, according to a new York Times A review of Lakshmi’s 2016 memoir, “Love, Loss and What We Eat.”

In 2004, Lakshmi became Rushdie’s fourth wife. The author described the end of their marriage in 2007 as “a huge disaster”. inspector In 2008, it was stated that Lakshmi had asked for a divorce while she was trying to finish her novel “The Enchantress of Florence”.

Rushdie told the outlet that Lakshmi’s “nuclear bomb” of a request shocked him so much that he feared that he “couldn’t work because of his state of unrest.”

“I got scared because I thought, ‘If I lose this, I’ve lost everything,'” he told the outlet at the time. “In fact, I think it was the greatest act of desire I was ever asked to do, which, after the fatwa, consisted of simply pulling my head back together.”

Meanwhile, Lakshmi says in her memoir that Rushdie once called her “a bad investment” because of endometriosis, a painful uterine disorder. The condition led to Lakshmi’s extensive surgery, which she said affected the couple’s sex life and contributed to their split.


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