Salman Rushdie accused of 'unchivalrous behaviour' after dumping girlfriend via Facebook
Published 02/12/2011 | 09:43
The literary author has been accused of "unchivalrous behaviour" by a New York socialite he is said to have wooed, and then abruptly dumped, over Facebook.
After a rendez-vous at the restaurant Indochine last week, Miss Rose tweeted a picture of herself and a pleased-looking Sir Salman, imploring him to 'come back to the states soon so that we can have a do-over' Photo: DEVORAH ROSE
The Satanic Verses verses author is believed to have met Devorah Rose, the editor of the glossy Social Life magazine, at a party in the Hamptons and later to have joined her at a number of intimate dinners in Manhattan.
But his insistence that there is no romantic relationship between the two of them, led to a scathing response from Miss Rose, who would only give her age as in her twenties.
She posted a message on Twitter reading "Never let someone paint you in a negative light" and linking to an apparent series of Facebook messages over the summer where Sir Salman asked if she would like to go for a drink "in real life", noting that the internet "has its limits".
What happened at the their meeting is unclear, but according to the New York Post he later sent her a Facebook message in August, appearing to gently end a relationship.
“I’m sorry to say that I don’t feel able to pursue what we only just began,” he wrote.
“I have to confess that I haven’t really recovered from the recent collapse of a two-year relationship.
"I can’t help seeing that our lives and worlds (and ages) are very different, and hard to reconcile.
"I think you’re a dynamic, passionate, extraordinary person and I apologize for backing away so suddenly
"I hope you can understand and excuse me, and that we can remain friends."
Admirers of the Man Booker prize winning author will be mortified to see him deploy the "remain friends" cliche, as well as resorting to emoticons - smiley face symbols more commonly used by texting teenagers.
But despite his regretful message, the pair appear to have met up since.
After a rendez-vous at the restaurant Indochine last week, Miss Rose tweeted a picture of herself and a pleased-looking Sir Salman, imploring him to "come back to the states soon so that we can have a do-over".
In prose that fell somewhat short of his acclaimed stories, he wrote: "You look so gorgeous and hottt!"
But when the tweet prompted questions about the pair's relationship, Salman firmly denied any romantic link, saying he was "mortified" at the suggestion.
Miss Rose struck back immediately saying: “Mr. Rushdie’s intentions, like his ridiculous retort, is the definition of unchivalrous behavior. My tweet was friendly, his response was embarrassingly out of proportion, especially when he invited me to several dinners.”
In a final statement, he emailed: “No further comment. I told her I would not pursue a relationship and did not do so.”