Last week, Dave Chappelle was attacked by an audience member during his performance at the Hollywood Bowl for Netflix is Joke: The Festival. The comedian was in the middle of his set when suddenly someone rushed on stage and lunged toward him. Here's what went down.
Chappelle was just doing his thing on stage when the incident went down, so there was plenty of footage following the crazy events of the evening. A video showed a mob of people running on stage, taking someone to the ground, and Dave being pulled off stage. After the altercation, the comedian returned to stage, appearing unharmed, jokingly stating, "It was a trans man." Chappelle is controversially known for his statements regarding the trans community.
Shortly after, Chappelle called out his pal, Jamie Foxx, saying, "Whenever you're in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff's hat," implying Foxx was involved in taking down the attacker. Foxx replied, "I thought that was part of the show." Foxx contained to praise the comedian for doing his thing on stage regardless of the unprecedented events saying. "Listen, I just want to say, man, I've had an incredible time. This man is an absolute genius. We got to make sure we protect him at all times, man. This is what it's about. For every comedian who comes out here man, this means everything. You a genius, you a legend. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we're not going to let nothing happen to you." Sounds like we also want Jamie Foxx in our corner if things go wrong. Chris Rock, who was also at the show, followed up with a joke saying, "Was this Will Smith?" LOL.
The 23-year-old charged with attacking the comedian on stage has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges. According to CNN, the man behind the crime remains in jail on a $30,000 bail and is ordered to stay 100 yards away from Chappelle. Isaiah Lee is accused of battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage while Chappelle was performing, and interfering with the performer delaying the event. Per the City Attorney's Office, if he is convicted, he could face up to 18 months in country jail or pay a couple of thousands in fines. Stay tuned for more updates as we get them...