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Dave Chappelle refuses to let the “unfortunate and unsettling” attack at his history-making Hollywood Bowl show “overshadow” the moment.
A man was charged with a felony assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly attacking the stand-up during his performance at the iconic amphitheater in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The 48-year-old comedian appeared to be tackled to the ground as he performed as part of the ‘Netflix Is A Joke’ festival, and LAPD officers later confirmed they were holding 23-year-old Isaiah Lee in custody in connection with the incident.
However, Chapelle won’t let the incident dampen his shine.
His spokeswoman, Carla Sims, told multiple outlets: “This run ties Chappelle with ‘Monty Python’ for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70k fans of diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.
“As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show.”
A spokesperson said Lee had “a replica handgun with a knife,” describing it as a “replica handgun-slash-knife”, but neither Dave nor any law enforcement officers were injured.
Footage shared online showed a man in a black hoodie rushing toward the stage and pushing the comic before being stopped by security guards and members of the star’s team as he attempted to flee.
The would-be attacker was removed from the venue on a stretcher and an LAPD spokesperson said Lee was treated for injuries before being charged and booked.
Chappelle later told the crowd: “I grabbed the back of that n***** head, his hair was spongy, absorbent.”
While Jamie Foxx – who had also rushed to help his pal – added: “Listen, I just want to say I’ve had an incredible time. This guy is a genius, we’ve got to protect him at all times, man. This is what it’s about.
“For every comedian that comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius, you’re a legend, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and we’re not gonna let nothing happen to you.”
In another short clip seemingly taken after the incident, Chappelle appears to joke that the alleged attacker was a “trans man”.
The comedian previously faced a lot of backlash with fans accusing him of making transphobic comments in his 2021 Netflix special ‘The Closer.’
He later posted on Instagram and explained while he was willing to discuss the show with members of the transgender community, he wouldn’t be “bending to anybody’s demands”.
He said at the time: “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience.
“But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”
He added: “If they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we are speaking about.
“I said what I said and boy I heard what you said. My god, how could I not?