The man accused of stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie on stage last week has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges.
Hadi Matar, 24, was held without bail during a court hearing in New York state on Thursday.
Sir Salman was stabbed around 12 times, including in the face and neck, last Friday as he was about to deliver a lecture near Lake Erie.
The British-Indian author suffered severe and “life-changing” injuriesin the attack in New York state, his family said.
However, the 75-year-old is on the way to recovery, according to a medical update given by his agent days ago.
Matar is accused of trying to murder Rushdie on Friday moments before the author was about to deliver a lecture on stage at the Chautauqua Institution educational retreat.
Sir Salman’s book The Satanic Verses was banned in 1988 in a number of countries with large Muslim populations, including Iran, after it was considered by some to contain blasphemous passages.
In 1989, Iran’s then leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for the author’s death.