Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted on stage during his set at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, footage circulating on social media, and people who attended the show.
Several of the event’s attendees posted videos of the incident on Tuesday evening, the shows Chappelle onstage performing when a man to his right rushes at him and tackles him to the floor.
The attack took place around 10:40 p.m. as the comedian was attempting to leave the Hollywood Bowl stage upon finishing his set, according to a statement from the LAPD.
“As he was exiting the stage a male, who was part of the audience, jumped onto the stage and tackled the comedian to the ground,” the statement reads. “Hollywood Bowl uniformed security officers, who witnessed the incident, engaged the suspect and removed him from the victim and took him into custody.”
Who Attacked Dave Chappelle?
Dave Chappelle’s attacker has been identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the LAPD told reporters.
The suspect had a replica handgun with a knife blade inside, authorities said.
According to reports, the gun “can eject a knife blade” when discharged correctly. It wasn’t immediately clear if Lee tried to use the weapon. Chappelle was not injured in the incident, according to Police.
The suspect is currently being held on $30,000 bail.
In video footage released immediately after the attack, Chappelle could be seen regaining his composure, jokingly saying his attacker “was a trans man.” The joke is a reference to an ongoing controversy surrounding some of Chappelle’s jokes in his Netflix specials that have been interpreted as transphobic.