A few days before the assassination attempt on Salman Rushdie, the world-renowned author told Stern magazine that he felt safe in the United States. “It was a long time ago,” Rushdie said in an interview with correspondent Raphael Geiger in late July when asked if he still feared for his life.
Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution at the time, published a fatwa calling for Rushdie to be killed because of his 1988 work “The Satanic Verses”.
“It was serious for a few years,” Rushdie told Stern. “But since I’ve been living in America, I haven’t had any problems.” However, the author also warned about the political climate and possible violence in the USA: The bad thing is “that death threats have become commonplace.”