Comedian Dave Chappelle attacked on stage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles

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Comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted during a show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night after a man allegedly jumped onstage. The alleged attacker was injured in the attack and was taken to an ambulance, according to reports.

Videos of the incident appear to show the man jumping onto the Hollywood Bowl stage, where Chappell was performing his stand-up routine for his Netflix Is A Joke Tour, when he attempted to tackle the comedian.

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He was quickly taken away by security and other individuals, who appeared to repeatedly punch the man just offstage, videos show.

Immediately after the attack, Chappelle remained on stage and thanked security, before joking about the incident and describing the individual who attacked him as a “trans man”.

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Dave Chappelle: Closest. vs. Matthew Bitton
(Mathieu Bitton/Netflix)

Chappelle makes several jokes about the trans community in his stand-up routine and even bragged during Tuesday night’s performance that he had recently been forced to increase his security amid new threats.

FILE PHOTO: A man holds a sign as he attends a rally in support of Netflix's transgender employee walkout "Standing together" to protest the streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle's new comedy special, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: A man holds a sign as he attends a rally in support of Netflix’s ‘Stand Up in Solidarity’ transgender employee walkout to protest the streaming of comedian Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
(REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

The attack reportedly took place as Chappelle finished his broadcast.

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Another video emerged showing the attacker being led away by paramedics, with a crowd of people booing and insulting him. Several police and emergency response vehicles could be seen at the scene in various videos.

At least one individual armed with a gun and knife has been taken into custody following the attack, police said.

Dave Chappelle: Closest.  vs.  Matthew Bitton

Dave Chappelle: Closest. vs. Matthew Bitton
(Mathieu Bitton – NETFLIX)

Chappelle will continue his tour later this month on the East Coast, with an event at the Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 28.

The incident comes less than two months after Will Smith took the stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards on April 27.

After the incident, Smith returned to his seat and was allowed to participate in the remainder of the Oscars, even walking onstage later in the ceremony to receive an award.

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A few days later, Smith announced his resignation from the Academy and was subsequently banned from attending Academy-sponsored events for ten years.

“My actions during the presentation of the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable,” Smith said in a statement.

After the ban was announced, Smith released another statement saying, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.



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