Dave Chappelle assaulted on stage at the Hollywood Bowl Show

Later, the comedian issued a note of both shock and levity, saying, “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just trampled an N***** backstage. I always wanted to do this.

Foxx gave a more serious assessment:

“Look, I just want to say…this man is an absolute genius. We have to make sure we protect him at all times,” Foxx said. “For every comedian that comes here, that means everything. You are a genius. You are a legend, and we are not going to let anything happen to you.

A spokeswoman for the Hollywood Bowl said an investigation had been launched, with the BBC reporting that it said: “The incident at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3, 2022 is an active investigation and we are unable to comment further for the moment.”

In October, around 100 people protested outside Netflix headquarters against the airing of a comedy special by Chappelle, whom they called transphobic.

Chappelle fired back at those he said wanted to “cancel” him. “To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience,” he said. “But you won’t summon me. I don’t comply with anyone’s requests. »

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