Indian author Salman Rushdie is rarely seen out without a striking woman towering over him but the controversial writer finally stepped out with a woman his own stature, albeit a married one.
The 'Booker of Bookers Award' winning author made an appearance at the Venice Film Festival with Canadian-born former model Carolann Javicoli, reported Daily Mail online.
The pair did not leave each others side during the party at the exclusive Hotel De Bains but the author's spokesperson denied a romance saying that Javicoli was the wife of Rushdie's close friend.
The 61-year-old the author of Satanic Verses, who was earlier, married to supermodel Padma Laxmi, more than two decades his junior, was praised by Javicoli as a "wonderful man with a wicked sense of humour".
"Salman does tend to attract a lot of beautiful women around him. That's just the sort of man he is. But he sees the beauty inside and out," she said.
Rushdie has most recently dated American actress Pia Glenn, 32, and the pair attracted attention with the difference in their stature, Glenn being a towering 6 ft 2 inches tall.