The mom of the New Jersey man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie says her son
was a basement-dwelling loner who barely worked, never had a girlfriend — and
“changed” after visiting the Mideast.
Silvana Fardos , the mother of suspect Hadi Matar, 24, added to the Daily Mail on
Sunday that she is disowning her son over his alleged crime and hopes Rushdie gets
“’I feel sorry for Mr Rushdie,” Silvana Fardos said.
As for her son, the mom added, “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.
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.