Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage on Tuesday night time after a particular person ran up and tackled the humorist throughout a efficiency on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
In video posted to social media, somebody within the crowd might be seen working onto the stage earlier than leveling Chappelle as safety officers race to intervene.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the incident, telling NBC Los Angeles that the male suspect had been armed with a reproduction gun that would eject a knife blade when discharged appropriately. It was unclear if the suspect made an try to make use of the weapon.
The LAPD stated the suspect had been within the viewers previous to the assault, then jumped on stage and attacked Chappelle simply as he was about to go away the stage. The comic was performing on the “Dave Chappelle and Friends” present, which was a part of the Netflix Is A Joke Festival.
Security guards employed for the present intervened and pulled the suspect off the comic, earlier than detaining him, police stated. They stated the suspect sustained superficial accidents through the altercation and was taken to hospital following the occasion.
Chappelle was not injured within the assault, they stated.
Brianna Sacks, a BuzzFeed News reporter who attended the present and witnessed the altercation, instructed NBC News she was left shocked after the suspect “charged and tackled Chappelle.”
She stated each uniformed safety staff and other people in plain garments appeared to hurry to Chappelle’s help and had began “kicking and punching” the suspect in an assault that went on for a number of minutes.
She stated Chappelle later continued the present, joking in regards to the altercation, which she stated appeared to have left some viewers members in shock. “We all kind of stood there frozen,” she stated.
One social media consumer who attended the occasion, Jed Simon, applauded Chappelle for returning to the stage, calling him a “great sport.”
Sharing video of Chapelle’s return as followers cheered, he stated actor Jamie Foxx had additionally ran up on stage from his seat through the incident.
Sacks stated Chapelle had referenced how he has needed to ramp up his safety after going through widespread backlash for his jokes in regards to the transgender neighborhood.
It is unclear why the suspect attacked Chappelle and police have but to launch his identification.
In video shared by Sacks, a person might be seen being loaded into an ambulance through a stretcher as onlookers jeer.
Sacks stated she noticed the suspect being loaded into an ambulance after the present. She stated he appeared to have been badly crushed.
Sacks in contrast the incident to comic Chris Rock being slapped onstage by actor Will Smith on the Oscars on March 27. Rock had additionally carried out on the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday and he or she stated he had joked in regards to the incident earlier than Chappelle was tackled.
She stated Rock had additionally come onstage after the assault and joked in regards to the suspect “maybe being Will Smith. You know, they were like, ‘is that Will Smith?'”
“I think it just shows, like, the reality for comedians right now,” she stated.
Representatives for Chappelle and the Hollywood Bowl didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from NBC News.
Phil Helsel and Kurt Chirbas contributed.