Dave Chappelle, an American stand-up comedian, was assaulted while performing on stage at the Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday. According to video circulating on social media, Chappelle was performing on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday (3 May) when an onlooker ran on stage and tackled him to the ground.
During the performance, Brianna Sacks, a reporter, detailed how the guy ‘charged’ the stage just as Chappelle’s act was about to come to a close, following which security “rushed and started punching and kicking the s*** out of Chappelle’s attacker”.
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The event was also covered by journalist Sharon Carpenter who made a tweet about it, reporting that Chappelle had been ‘assaulted’ on the stage when a guy ‘went on-stage and rushed at him, knocking him to the ground. “Security & his entourage then cornered the man as Dave joked about how him getting ‘stomped’ backstage [sic],” she said.
“It was a trans man,” the comic seemed to joke once he regained his composure. He said this in response to the recent controversy surrounding some of Chappelle’s quips, which has resulted in him being accused of transphobia.
Jamie Foxx, a comedian and actor, is alleged to have rushed onto the stage to assist the celebrity, with Chappelle praising Foxx for his assistance on stage. “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” he joked. Foxx replied by stating that he believed the incident was a “part of the show.”
Stars such as Seth Rogen, Arsenio Hall, Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg and Bill Burr performed at the Netflix Is A Joke event, which began on April 28. According to the Netflix Is A Joke website, Chappelle’s concert was intended to be a ‘phone-free experience,’ yet video circulating online suggests that not everyone followed the guidelines.
As a result of the incident, Sacks obtained video footage that showed the alleged attacker laying on a stretcher and being put into an ambulance before being transported to a hospital. In the aftermath of the incident, it does not seem that Chappelle has suffered any physical harm.
Los Angeles police confirmed they responded to the incident at the Hollywood Bowl at 10:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and that a man who was allegedly armed with a ‘knife shaped like a gun’ was taken into custody after being apprehended by officers, ABC7 reports.
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