Dave Chappelle attacked on stage by a gunman while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles


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 told CBS Los Angeles A 23-year-old man armed with a replica handgun containing a knife blade has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police identified the suspect to CBS Los Angeles as Isaiah Lee of Los Angeles and said he was being held on $30,000 bail. Chappelle was unhurt in the attack.

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, 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. Police told CBS Los Angeles that the suspect was taken to hospital but did not know his condition.

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.

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.

“To the transgender community, I’m more than willing to give you an audience, but you won’t summon me. I don’t bend to anyone’s requests,” he told an audience in a clip posted to 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 do so, but I have conditions: first of all, you can’t come if you haven’t watched my special from start to finish. You you have to come to a place of my choosing. and a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.




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