Dave Chappelle assaulted on stage during a concert in Los Angeles


Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night. Security guards chased and subdued the assailant, and Chappelle was able to continue his performance while the man was taken to an ambulance.

NBC News reported that the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday morning that the man was carrying a fake gun with a real knife blade inside.

LAPD Media Relations made no formal arrest announcement in the hours following the attack and did not immediately respond to a request for details from The Associated Press.

Chappelle was performing his stand-up routine at the amphitheater as part of the Netflix Is a Joke festival when the man rushed onto the stage and tackled him. Jamie Foxx was backstage at the scene and Chappelle thanked him for responding to the attack. Chris Rock was also present and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith.

Chappelle was attacked while finishing a routine in which he spoke about how comedians need to be more concerned about their personal safety following this year’s Oscars where the Oscar-winning actor slapped Rock on the live television in reaction to a joke about Smith’s wife.

The motive for Tuesday night’s attack was unclear.

Chappelle’s recent comedy special sparked controversy due to material about transgender people, which led to a walkout by Netflix employees.

“The comedian literally just said he now has more security because of all the uproar of his jokes about the trans community,” tweeted Buzzfeed News reporter Brianna Sacks, who attended the show. She tweeted that “while the attacker was being beaten up”, Chappelle “made a joke about how he was probably a trans man”.