According to witnesses who attended his show and images circulating on social networks, the comedian david chappelle was assaulted on stage during his performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night.
Etienne Maurice, son of famous actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who witnessed the attack, tweeted:
“Seeing Dave Chappelle get attacked by someone in the audience, and then seeing the guy get assaulted by Dave Chappelle and his crew must be the wildest live show I’ve ever seen.”
Seeing Dave Chappelle get attacked by someone in the audience and then seeing the guy get attacked by Dave Chappelle and his crew must be the wildest live show I’ve ever seen. Chris Rock even walked up on stage, hugged Dave, grabbed the mic and said, “Was that you Will?” 🤣🤣🤣
— Your friend’s friend (@walkgoodetienne) May 4, 2022
Images show a man attacking Dave Chappelle on stage
Footage from multiple attendees also showed Dave Chappelle was on stage at the outdoor venue when a man lunged at him, knocking him to the ground. Security then dragged the man away. Police concluded the man was armed with a replica of a weapon “that can eject a knife blade,” according to ABC News Los Angeles.
Dave Chappelle attacker hospitalized
LAPD confirmed that they had arrested a man. It was not immediately clear if the man tried to use the weapons he was carrying. Police also said the man did not hurt Chappelle in the incident. However, eyewitness footage shows that doctors treated the attacker after the incident.
Someone attacked Dave Chappelle at his show and his security team left that man as Mojo JoJo. pic.twitter.com/pna2642x7G
– NUFF (@nuffsaidny) May 4, 2022
The idiot beaten up after attacking Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl pic.twitter.com/Ft0FIUyjWv
—Jed Simon (@JEDSIMON) May 4, 2022
Chappelle continued the show after the stage attack
In video footage immediately after the attack, Chappelle regained his composure and continued the jokes.
“He was a trans man.”
The comedian referenced the ongoing controversy surrounding his jokes in his Netflix specials that critics perceive as transphobic.
Later, in the video of the curtain call, Chappelle called to thank actor and comedian Jamie Foxx.
Make some noise for Foxx. Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” said Chappelle.
Foxx joked back.
“N——, I thought that was part of the show, I didn’t know what the heck…”
— E5QUIRE (@e5quire) May 4, 2022
Roommates, are you shocked by this incident???