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Dave Chappelle Attacked During Comedy Performance

May 4, 2022 | Posted by Ashish
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Dave Chappelle was attacked while performing at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, reports The Los Angeles Times. The attacker was a 23-year old man named Isaiah Lee who was carrying a replica gun with a knife attached to it. The man was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Chappelle continued his show after the attack, but it did prompt a big response from the Los Angeles Police Department. Lee was reportedly injured during his altercation with security.

Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes were among the people who came to Chappelle’s aid after the man rushed the stage. TMZ reports that the two stars “got a few licks in” on the man after he ran from security but was eventually caught.

Chris Rock was one of Chappelle’s special guests at the show and after the attack, he came on stage and said, “Was that Will Smith?” Rock was, of course, slapped by Smith at the Oscars after making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jana Pinkett-Smith.

Ironically, Chappelle was talking about how comedians now have to worry about their safety following Will Smith slapping Rock during the Oscars when the man rushed the stage.

Chappelle himself has faced a lot of controversy over the last few years, particularly related to jokes he has made that some feel were transphobic. The controversy led to several Netflix employees organizing a walkout.

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