The suspect in the upstate stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie was charged with attempted murder and assault and is being held without bail, according to a news release from the Chautauqua County District Attorney.

Hadi Matar, 24, allegedly rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution Friday morning where Rushdie, 75, was beginning a lecture on freedom of expression.

“We have been in touch with our counterparts in the State of New Jersey where the attacker is from to share information and assist them in helping us to better understand the planning and preparation which preceded the attack so that we and the different agencies involved can determine what, if any, additional charges should be asserted,” the DA’s office said. “We will try to be as transparent as we can without compromising the case.”

But confusion reigned at the Chautauqua County Jail in the village of Mayville Saturday, where officials denied access to reporters from The Post and the Associated Press.

Local police and the FBI block the area around the home of Hadi Matar on Morningside Avenue on Friday, August 12, 2022, in Fairview, New Jersey. Police identified Matar, 24, as the man who rushed a stage in western New York and stabbed Salman Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" drew death threats from Iran in the 1980s.
Authorities are currently investigating the motives behind Hadi Matar’s stabbing on author Salman Rushdie.
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Local police and FBI block the area around the home of suspect Hadi Matar in Fairview, New Jersey on August 12, 2022.
Local police and FBI block the area around the home of suspect Hadi Matar in Fairview, New Jersey on August 12, 2022.
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Attendants rush to aid author Salman Rushdie (right) while police arrest suspect Hadi Matar (left) at the Chautauqua Institution.
Attendants rush to aid author Salman Rushdie (right) while police arrest suspect Hadi Matar (left) at the Chautauqua Institution.
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Matar was transferred to the jail from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown after the attack.



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