Mom of Salman Rushdie’s stabbing attacker disowns son

The mother of the man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie has spoken out against her son, claiming he changed after a trip to the Middle East.

Silvana Fardos, the mother of Hadi Matar, told the Daily Mail on Sunday she is disowning her son over the incident and feels bad for Rushdie.

Sorry for Rushdie

“’I feel sorry for Mr Rushdie,” Fardos said.

“As I said to the FBI, I’m not going to bother talking to him again. He’s responsible for his actions,” she said.

“The mom said she was born Muslim but is not religious. She said she hadn’t even heard of Rushdie until after the famed ‘Satanic Verses’ author was attacked in western New York and the FBI began contacting her family,” the New York Post reported.

“Her son is accused of rushing Rushdie as the writer was about to give a lecture, stabbing him in the neck and abdomen. The author remained in critical condition as of Sunday but is expected to recover, although he may lose an eye,” it added.

The son changed

The mother also expressed that her son was different after a trip to the Middle East.

Instead of returning motivated, the young man turned quiet. The trip took place in 2018.

The new information from the mother is part of the startling backstory of a stabbing that has focused attention on Rushdie and concerns for safety from Iranian threats.

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