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Dave Chappelle attacked, comedian tackled on stage while filming Netflix special

Police: Suspect had a fake gun and a real knife
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Posted at 9:24 AM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 14:01:29-04

LOS ANGELES — Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked while on stage Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The Yellow Springs, Ohio native was filming a Netflix special called "Netflix Is a Joke" when a man rushed the stage and tackled him.

23-year-old Isaiah Lee was detained and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, said Officer Alba Mendez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson.

Lee was treated by medical staff for an unspecified injury and was booked into the Hollywood Division jail at 3:36 a.m. Wednesday and held in lieu of $30,000 bail, Mendez said. It was not immediately known if he had retained a lawyer, according to the Associated Press.

The attack allegedly happened while Chappelle was wrapping up a routine where he jokes about how comedians have to worry more about their personal security in the wake of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony where actor Will Smith slapped Rock Chris Rock on live television in reaction to a joke about his wife.

Jamie Foxx was in the wings of the stage and Chappelle thanked him for responding to the attack. Chris Rock was there as well and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith.

The event was cellphone free. Attendees were required to place their devices in pouches before entering the Hollywood Bowl. Despite the requirement, a cellphone video emerged on social media showing the incident.

Chappelle has attracted criticism from supporters of the LGBTQ community in recent months after he made controversial comments in a Netflix special "The Closer."

The Associated Press and Justin Boggs from the E.W. Scripps national team contributed to this article.

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