Padma Lakshmi sta parlando sui social media per la prima volta da quando il suo ex marito, lo scrittore Salman Rushdie, è stato accoltellato mentre era sul palco mentre si preparava a tenere una conferenza a New York il 12 agosto. Si pensa che Rushdie sia stata accoltellata sia al collo che l’addome, secondo BBC News, ed è stato portato d’urgenza in ospedale per sottoporsi a un intervento chirurgico d’urgenza. Anche Henry Reese, un intervistatore parte dell’evento, è stato ferito dall’aggressore che si è precipitato sul palco per raggiungere lo scrittore.
Padma Lakshmi shared her relief after her former husband's stabbing
Padma Lakshmi shared an update on Salman Rushdie's recovery on Twitter on August 14, telling her followers, "Relieved @SalmanRushdie is pulling through after Friday's nightmare. Worried and wordless, can finally exhale. Now hoping for swift healing." The "Top Chef" star was married to Rushdie from 2004 until 2007 and shared the same message on her Instagram Stories. Lakshmi's public statement came before Rushdie's family also took to Twitter to share a statement about his condition. Zafar Rushdie, Salman's son, wrote on the social media site that his father had managed to say a few words after being taken off the ventilator. "Though his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty and defiant sense of humour remains intact," Zafar shared, also asking for privacy for the family as he thanked those who had reached out.
That same day, Salman's agent also spoke out about his condition, confirmed that he was doing better despite the serious injuries he sustained. He told The Associated Press (via USA Today) that the writer still had a long way to go when it came to his recovery, but added, "[his] condition is headed in the right direction."
A suspect in the attack, Hadi Matar, has denied attempted murder, according to Sky News.