London, Sept 18 (ANI): Brit-Indian author Salman Rushdie has said that he should never have spent his fatwa years in hiding, but added that his 'absurdly sexy' British security policemen made him a hit at parties.
Rushdie claimed that guarding him during the fatwa years was Scotland Yard's most "glamorous" assignment.
He said that being shadowed by "handsome, fit, armed and absurdly sexy" policemen got the girls interested.
According to the Telegraph, Rushdie recalled 'the policemen were all very handsome, fit, armed and absurdly sexy.'
"I noticed sometimes when I would walk into a room containing members of the British book world that the girls were all looking over my shoulder, checking where 'the boys' were," he said during an interview with Radio Times.
According to the paper, Rushdie said the British authorities were wrong to send him into hiding but claimed Scotland Yard top brass did not think him worthy of 'overt protection', continuing to live a normal life with a visible security team, as is afforded to Prime Ministers, royals and dignitaries.
"I think I made a mistake by agreeing not to go home that first night. When you've got a house, you should be allowed to live in it. I think the reason I fell into the error was that we all believed it would be over in a few days," the paper quoted him, as sayng.
"Also I was told that overt protection was 'reserved for people who have served the nation'," he said.
"There were people in the upper echelons of Scotland Yard who clearly felt that I was not the sort of person for whom police protection was designed," he added. (ANI)