Dave Chappelle was attacked Tuesday evening in Los Angeles by a person who rushed the stage and tackled the comic throughout an occasion on the Hollywood Bowl.
In line with NBC Information, authorities recognized the suspect as Isaiah Lee, 23. A Los Angeles Police Division spokesperson mentioned Lee — who faces prices of a felony depend of assault with a lethal weapon — was reportedly in possession of a reproduction gun that would eject a knife blade “while you discharge it appropriately.” His bail has been set at $30,000.
LAPD confirmed Lee was within the viewers earlier than the assault and lunged at Chappelle because the comic was about to go away the stage. Occasion safety intervened, pulling Lee off Chappelle earlier than he was detained by police. Though Chappelle was not injured throughout the incident, police reported Lee sustained superficial accidents and was taken to an area hospital.
A scan of social media accounts early Wednesday morning uncovered a non-public Instagram account utilizing the identify “Isaiah Lee” underneath the username @noname_trapper. In a subsequent interview with Rolling Stone, Lee’s older brother Aaron Lee confirmed the account belonged to his sibling, stating that the youthful Lee carried out underneath the moniker Noname Trapper and as soon as launched a music titled “Dave Chappelle.”
The contentious comic was performing on the historic Los Angeles venue as part of Netflix Is a Joke Fest, a city-wide comedy competition sponsored by the streaming large. Along with Chappelle, the night’s lineup boasted an all-star roster of musicians and comedians — together with Black Star, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Busta Rhymes, Jeff Ross and Jimmy Carr.
A spokesperson for Chappelle praised the comic’s of reveals on the Hollywood Bowl and mentioned Chappelle “refuses to permit final evening’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic second” and famous he “is totally cooperating with the lively police investigation into this incident.”
In a press release, a Netflix spokesperson advised Selection, “We care deeply in regards to the security of creators and we strongly defend the suitable of stand-up comedians to carry out on stage with out concern of violence.”
Video posted to social media instantly after the assault confirmed a gaggle of people gathered on the Hollywood Bowl stage making an attempt to restrain — and probably kicking — the suspect. One other video making the rounds on Twitter purportedly confirmed Lee being loaded into an ambulance, his proper arm visibly dislocated.
In the course of the preliminary chaos following the assault, Chappelle stood offstage to assemble his composure. “It was a trans man,” he mentioned jokingly of the attacker, referencing his controversial feedback about transgender people in his Netflix stand-up particular, The Nearer. Stephanie Wash, a reporter and producer for ABC in attendance on the occasion, tweeted that Rock additionally poked enjoyable on the melee, returning to the stage to ask, “Was that Will Smith?” (Rock was slapped by the Oscar-winning actor throughout this 12 months’s Academy Awards in a surprising second prompted by a joke made on the expense of Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith.)
A Twitter video reveals Chappelle returned to the stage throughout the curtain name to deal with the incident, issuing a shout-out to actor Jamie Foxx — who, in keeping with Deadline, was amongst those that rushed to Chappelle’s assist throughout the assault. “Everytime you’re in hassle, Jamie Foxx will present up in a sheriff’s hat,” Chappelle mentioned as he introduced the actor out on stage. Foxx joked that he thought the scene “was a part of the present.”
“This man is an absolute genius. We’ve obtained to verify we shield him always,” Foxx mentioned. “For each comic that comes out right here, man, this implies every part. You’re a genius. You’re a legend. I loved myself totally, and we’re not going to let nothing occur to you.”
“I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I simply stomped a n—a backstage,” Chappelle added. “I’ve at all times wished to try this.”
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This story was up to date 5/4/22 at 9:45 a.m. with the id of the suspect, Isaiah Lee. This story was up to date 5/4/22 at 3:25 p.m. ET with a press release from Netflix. This story was up to date 5/4/22 at 3:51 p.m. ET with a press release from a Chappelle spokesperson.