Chappelle was not injured on account of the assault, LAPD mentioned.
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US humorist Dave Chappelle was attacked by an viewers member throughout a reside efficiency on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, in accordance with the Los Angeles Police Division.
A male suspect on Tuesday night jumped on stage and onto Chappelle as he was about to exit, police mentioned. Safety officers intervened at the moment to detain the suspect.
The suspect, whose identification is presently being withheld, suffered “superficial accidents” whereas being detained. He has been taken to a hospital for 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 pageant, was not injured within the assault, the LAPD mentioned.
CNBC has contacted Netflix 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 occasions, might result in comparable incidents. 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, in accordance with 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 cope with Netflix to provide extra comedy specials after latest controversies. The 48-year-old comic confronted sharp criticism and protests final yr when his routine within the Netflix particular “The Nearer” was accused of being transphobic.
In October, lots of of individuals protested exterior Netflix’s headquarters, calling on the streaming large “to keep away from future situations of platforming transphobia and hate speech.” Chappelle mentioned in his Netflix particular that LGBT folks have been “too delicate” and that “gender is a reality.” 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 Darkish Materials.”
“The Hollywood Bowl present with the legendary Dave Chappelle was loopy,” Carr mentioned by way of Twitter. “Simply pleased everybody’s okay.”