Dave Chappelle Attacked by Audience Member During Performance

Dave ChappelleAfter a person interrupted his performance at The, he was attacked on the stage Netflix Is a Joke festival in Los Angeles.

The 48-year old comedian was performing at the Hollywood Bowl’s stand-up set on Tuesday, May 3. A member of the crowd ran onto the stage and the comedian was left in shock. Video footage was shared by attendees via social media. Chappelle was knocked to the groundSecurity officials try to intervene.

Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to NBC Los Angeles, that the suspect was armed a replica firearm with the ability to eject a knife. The suspect did not have the right to use the replica gun. Chappelle’s Show alum nor any responding officers were injured, but the attacker was detained and later taken to a nearby hospital to treat “superficial injuries.”

Buzzfeed reporter Brianna SacksThis was the attendance of, uploaded a video on TwitterThe incident ended with the suspect being taken to hospital on a stretcher. Per Sacks, Chappelle “had literally just said he now has more security because of all the uproar from his jokes about the Trans community” moments before the attack. Official motives are still to be determined.

The South Carolina native was criticized last year for the jokes he made on his Netflix special The CloserMany believed that they were transphobic. Chappelle’s remarks caused some of the streaming platform’s employees to stage a walkout in October 2021 in support of trans lives.

“We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement amid the outrage. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”

CEO Ted Sarandos defended the company’s choice to air Chappelle’s controversial special at the time, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “When we think about this challenge we have to entertain the world. Part of that challenge means that you’ve got audiences with various taste, various sensibilities, various beliefs. You really can’t please everybody or the content would be pretty dull.”

Though Tuesday’s festival was described as a “phone-free experience” on its website, footage from the aftermath of Chappelle’s tackle has since gone viral. One clip shared via TikTok Chris RockTake the microphone and get up on the stageHalf Baked actor before joking, “Was that Will Smith?”

The Madagascarstar, 57 was referring to his altercation avec the King RichardActor, 53 years old, at the Oscars in February. Rock was on stage at Dolby Theatre presenting the Oscars in March when Smith approached him and slapped his face. Jada pinkett Smith‘s shaved head. Rock later received a public apology from Philadelphia and resigned as Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The Academy announced last month that it had decided to ban the WillAuthor at the awards ceremony for 10 years.

Will Smith appears to strike Chris Rock at the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2022.
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Rock wasn’t the only famous face in attendance on Tuesday. Additional social media footageShown Jamie Foxx addressing the crowd during Chappelle’s curtain call.

“I thought that was part of the show, I didn’t know what the f–k [happened],” Foxx, 54, said in a clip before standing up for the A Star Is Born actor. “Listen, I just want to say, this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times. This is a must-have for every comedian who performs here. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”

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