Dave Chappelle Attacked Onstage During Hollywood Bowl Performance

Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage during his performance Tuesday night as part of the Netflix Is a Joke festival at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

The video footage first shared by TMZ shows a man rushing across the stage and then tackling the stand-up comedian during his set. After the attack, the assailant then tries to run offstage before he is seemingly reprimanded by security personnel and members of Chappelle’s own team.

As with a number of Chappelle’s recent tour dates, attendees could not use their phones, as they were sealed off in Yondr devices, meaning they could hold onto them but not access them. (Only designated “Phone Use Areas” throughout the venue allow access.) Video footage  does indicate the man was dragged away by security.

NBC News Los Angeles has reported that the Los Angeles Police Department brought a man into custody with a replica gun that can eject a knife blade “when you discharge it correctly.”

Other videos emerging show the attacker climbing onto the stage and, later, after the attack, Chappelle falling to the ground, though he was not physically harmed. NBC News reports that the attacker was a member of the audience. The attacker was taken to the hospital with “superficial injuries” after being detained.

In video to emerge after the attack, Chappelle shouted out to Jamie Foxx, who apparently helped intervene amid the chaos. “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” said Chappelle in video of the show to emerge later. Foxx joked that he thought it was part of the show.

After the incident as seen in video below, Chris Rock came onstage following the unprovoked incident and joked “Was that Will Smith?”

Reports, including in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, indicate that Chappelle after the attack joked, “It was a trans man.” This is in reference to the controversy surrounding his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer,” which drew criticisms from the LGBTQ community alleging transphobic remarks. The issue led to staff walkouts in October 2021.

Per reports, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Bowl told the PA Media news agency that an investigation of the Hollywood Bowl incident is already underway: “The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3, 2022, is an active investigation and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

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