Chappelle was not injured on account of the assault, LAPD mentioned.
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Stand-up comic Dave Chappelle was attacked Tuesday evening by an viewers member throughout a dwell efficiency on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, based on the Los Angeles Police Department.
A male suspect jumped on stage and onto Chappelle as he was about to exit, police mentioned. Security officers intervened at the moment to detain the suspect.
The suspect, recognized by police as Isaiah Lee, 23, was charged with felony assault with a lethal weapon. He suffered “superficial injuries” whereas being detained, based on legislation enforcement. He has been taken to a hospital for the accidents and to be evaluated.
The LAPD mentioned the person was armed with a reproduction gun that ejects a knife blade when discharged. It wasn’t instantly clear what the suspect’s motive was.
Chappelle, who was performing as a part of the Netflix Is A Joke competition, was not injured within the assault, the LAPD mentioned.
Netflix did not instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
The incident appeared to align with fears within the comedy world that Will Smith’s Oscars assault on Chris Rock, who joined Chappelle onstage after Tuesday’s incident, might result in related assaults. Smith was banned from the Academy Awards for 10 years over his onstage assault of Rock, however Rock did not press fees.
Rock appeared alongside Chappelle shortly after the incident, based on footage circulating on social media. He was seen taking a microphone from Chappelle to quip, “Was that Will Smith?”
Chappelle not too long ago struck a brand new take care of Netflix to provide extra comedy specials after current controversies. The 48-year-old comic confronted sharp criticism and protests final yr when his routine within the Netflix particular “The Closer” was accused of being transphobic.
In October, tons of of individuals protested outdoors Netflix’s headquarters, calling on the streaming large “to avoid future instances of platforming transphobia and hate speech.” Chappelle mentioned in his Netflix particular that LGBT individuals have been “too sensitive” and that “gender is a fact.” He has since hit again at these he claims are attempting to “cancel” him.
British comic Jimmy Carr additionally carried out at Tuesday’s occasion. Carr sparked outrage earlier this yr after feedback in regards to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities in his Netflix particular, “His Dark Material.”
“The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy,” Carr mentioned by way of Twitter. “Just happy everyone’s ok.”