. . . or at least that’s the headline I imagine the British tabloids using. Sir Salman Rushdie has threatened to bring a lawsuit against his former police bodyguard, Ron Evans, because of certain passages in Evans’ memoir, On Her Majesty’s Service (“Rushdie anger at policeman’s book,” BBC). The author of The Satanic Verses, however, makes it clear he’s not issuing a fatwa of his own:
He said: “I am not in the business of suppressing books. I just want the stuff taken out of which he knows to be untrue.
“Whenever I write something, I always want to make sure that what I write is defensible. That doesn’t seem to be the case here.”
No word yet on whether Evans has requested police protection from the outraged author.