Dave Chappelle attacked by a gunman while on stage in Los Angeles

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Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage by a gunman on Tuesday night while performing at the Hollywood Bowl arena in Los Angeles, with videos from audience members’ cellphones quickly flooding social media showing a man seeming to run on stage and tackle the comic. The Los Angeles Police Department said the 23-year-old pointed a weapon, later determined to be a replica handgun containing a knife blade, at Chappelle.

Weapon obtained by LAPD

LAPD

The suspect, identified as Isaiah Lee from Los Angeleswas arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Chappelle was unhurt in the attack.

Following the incident, Lee was taken to hospital “for medical treatment of injuries” before being taken to the police station and arrested. Lee is being held on $30,000 bond.

Chappelle’s representative, Carla Sims, said in a statement that “Chappelle is cooperating fully with the active police investigation into this incident.”

A man is transported to an ambulance after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage in Los Angeles A man is carried to an ambulance after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage during a Netflix stand-up show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 3, 2022, in this still image obtained from a video on social media.

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“Chappelle’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record breaking and he refuses to let last night’s incident overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” Sims said.

Chappelle, whose unapologetic humor made him a lightning rod for criticism, appeared unscathed by the sudden interruption and joked later (To note: The linked video contains foul language, including profanity) with fellow comedian and actor Jamie Foxx onstage that he had exacted revenge on his attacker.

Videos posted to Twitter appeared to show the person who accused Chappelle being held outside the scene by police and then loaded into an ambulance with visible injuries. Witnesses said – and videos appeared to show this – that the man was attacked by several people on stage immediately after attacking Chappelle.

While the entire debacle was captured in multiple videos shot by audience members, cellphone use was officially banned during the performance.

The motivation for the initial attack remained unclear.

Chappelle was performing on stage as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival, sponsored by the streaming giant.

“We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

Comedian Chris Rock was at the show and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith – who made headlines by leaping on stage and slap rock to Oscars in March.

Chappelle drew a sharp rebuke late last year from the transgender community for jokes at their expense featured in his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” which premiered in October.

Netflix backed the Washington, D.C. native, continuing to air the special despite having hundreds of its own employees organize a walkout on what they saw as Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.

The comedian later said he would be happy to meet any member of the transgender community, but would not be swayed by “anyone’s requests” to censor his routine.


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“To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you won’t summon me. I don’t pander to anybody’s demands,” he told an audience in a clip posted on his Instagram.

The 48-year-old comedian listed three conditions for any potential reunion and responded to fellow comedian Hannah Gadsby, who called Chapelle’s Netflix special “hate speech”.

“If you want to meet me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have conditions: First of all, you can’t come if you haven’t watched my special from start to finish. You must come to a place of my choosing and at a time of my choosing. And third, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby isn’t funny.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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