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A man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Isaiah Lee, 23, has been charged, Los Angeles Police Department said.
Earlier, police told NBC Los Angeles the suspect had been wielding a replica gun that can eject a knife blade “when you discharge it correctly”.
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Videos circulating on social media appeared to show the comedian being attacked by a person who ran onto the stage.
Jamie Foxx, who was watching the show, rushed to the stage to help alongside security staff.
Later Chappelle, 48, continued with the stand-up show following the incident.
At the time, he told the audience: “I don’t know if that was part of the show. I grabbed the back of that n****s head, his hair was spongy, absorbent.”
He added: “Listen, I just want to say I’ve had an incredible time.”
The comedian has come under fire from some critics for his jokes in the Netflix comedy special The Closer about the trans community.
A reporter at the show Brianna Sacks reported a “man charged and tackled” Chapelle before security “rushed and started punching and kicking the s*** out of Chappelle’s attacker” on Twitter.
He added: “Suddenly a random person sitting in the front row jumped on stage and ran straight at him. He tackled Dave and they both went to the floor and began wrestling when everyone ran onstage to help, including Dave’s security…”
Comedian Jimmy Carr described the Los Angeles show as “crazy” and posted a selfie with Chappelle.
The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy. Just happy everyone’s ok. pic.twitter.com/Jji0mv2ub6
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) May 4, 2022
He tweeted: “The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy. Just happy everyone’s ok.”
The Standard has reached out to Dave Chappelle‘s representatives for further comment.
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