Salman Rushdie at an event in Cartagena, Colombia in January 2018.| Photo: EFE \/ Ricardo Maldonado Rozo12134046The American suspected of attacking the writer Salman Rushdie at an event in the US state of New York on Friday () was charged with attempted murder. Hadi Matar is 08 years old, lives in Fairview, New State Jersey, and is held without bail.1213404612134046According to Chautauqua County Prosecutor's Office, Matar is also investigated on suspicion of second-degree assault. According to prosecutor Jason Schmidt, investigations should provide answers about the planning and preparation of the attack against the writer. Depending on what is found at this stage, new charges may be brought against Matar. At a prosecution hearing on Saturday, the suspect's lawyer said Matar had pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was handcuffed and wore a white mask and prisoner clothes.12134046 Salman Rushdie was preparing to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute when the attack occurred. The writer was stabbed in the neck and torso, and after first aid was taken to a local hospital. According to Rushdie's agent, his health is serious. The author of \u201cThe Satanic Verses,\u201d who received death threats from Iran after the novel was published, is on life support and is in danger of losing an eye. In addition, Rushdie also has liver damage and had the nerves in one of his arms cut.