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Dave Chappelle refuses to let Tuesday night’s physical attack “overshadow the magic” of his four performances, a rep for the comedian told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,” his rep said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. “This race ties Chappelle to Monty Python for the most successful shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans from all walks of life at the first ‘Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival,’ and he refuses to let the last night’s incident overshadow the magic of this historic moment.
“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle carried on the show. Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock humorously helped calm the crowd before Chappelle introduced the evening’s final musical guests, hip-hop artists Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, aka “Black Star”, who performed music from their new album – the first in nearly 24 years – which was released on Luminary. Other special comedic guests last night included Earthquake, Leslie Jones , Jeff Ross, Sebastian, Jon Stewart and Michelle Wolf.”
The representative confirmed that Chappelle is cooperating fully with police as the investigation continues.
The suspect in Chappelle’s stage attack was arrested around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday after he allegedly stormed the stage and tackled the comedian. He was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was carrying a replica gun with a knife blade inside when he attacked Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl show, police say. Authorities describe him as a black man with dark hair and brown eyes, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. The suspect, who lives in the Los Angeles area, is being held on $30,000 bond.
Chappelle was performing as part of his “Netflix is a Joke” tour when he was attacked.
Videos of the incident showed Lee jumping onto the stage and attacking Chappelle. The suspect was injured and evacuated from the scene by ambulance.
COMEDIAN DAVE CHAPPELLE ATTACKED ON STAGE WHILE PERFORMING AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN LOS ANGELES
He was quickly taken away by security and other individuals, who repeatedly punched the man just off the scene, appear to be showing videos.
A Netflix spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “We care deeply about the safety of creators and strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”
Immediately after the attack, Chappelle remained on stage and thanked security, before joking about the incident and describing the person who attacked him as a “trans man”.
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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.
The attack came near the end of Chappelle’s stand-up routine. The comedian thanked Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx for their help following the attack.
“Whenever you get in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up wearing a sheriff’s hat,” he told the audience.
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Comedian Chris Rock, who was slapped by Will Smith while performing at the Oscars, also appeared on stage. After Chappelle was attacked onstage, Rock joked, “Was that Will Smith?”
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.
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