Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage by a gunman while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles

Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage by a gunman Tuesday night while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and cellphone videos from audience members quickly flooded social media showing a man who appeared to run onto the stage and tackle the comic. The Los Angeles Police Department told CBS Los Angeles A 23-year-old man armed with a replica pistol containing a knife blade was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police identified the suspect to CBS Los Angeles as Isaiah Lee of Los Angeles and said he was being held on $30,000 bond. Chappelle was not injured in the attack.

A man is transported to an ambulance after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage in Los Angeles.
A man is carried to an ambulance after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage during a Netflix show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 3, 2022, in this still image obtained from video from the social media.

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Chappelle, whose unapologetic humor has made him a critical lightning rod, appeared unscathed by the sudden interruption and later joked (Note: The linked video contains harsh language, including profanity.) with fellow comedian and actor Jamie Foxx on stage who had gotten revenge on her attacker.

Videos posted on Twitter appeared to show Chappelle’s accuser being detained outside the scene by police and then loaded into an ambulance with visible injuries. Police told CBS Los Angeles that the suspect was taken to a hospital but they did not know his condition.

Witnesses said, and the videos appeared to show, that the man was attacked by multiple people on stage immediately after he attacked Chappelle.

While the entire debacle was captured on multiple videos shot by audience members, cell phone use was officially banned during the performance.

The motivation for the initial attack remained unclear.

Comedian Chris Rock was at the show and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith — who made headlines by jumping onstage and hitting the rock in it academy awards in March.

Chappelle received a sharp rebuke late last year from the transgender community for pranks at his expense featured in his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” which premiered in October.

Netflix stood by the Washington, DC native, continuing to air the special despite hundreds of its own employees. organizing a strike about what they considered Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.

The comedian later said that he would be happy to meet with any member of the transgender community, but would not be swayed by “anyone’s demands” to censor his routine.

“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I will not give in to anyone’s demands,” he told the audience in a clip posted on his Instagram.

The 48-year-old comedian listed three conditions for any potential reunion and responded to fellow comedian Hannah Gadsby, who called Chapelle’s Netflix special “hate speech.”

“If you want to meet me, I would be more than willing, but I have conditions: first of all, you can’t come if you haven’t seen my special from start to finish. You must come to a place of my choosing.” and a moment of my choosing. And thirdly, you have to admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Associated Press contributed reporting.

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