Dave Chappelle: Suspect Isaiah Lee charged with assault with deadly weapon after attack on comedian | Ents & Arts News


A man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after American comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage during a stand-up show.

Chappelle was knocked to the ground just as the show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles was wrapping up.

Isaiah Lee, 23, has been charged, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police told NBC the suspect was armed with a replica weapon capable of ejecting a knife blade.

“A man charged and tackled” the comedian, tweeted journalist Brianna Sacks.

She said security “rushed in and started punching and kicking Chappelle’s assailant.”

Hollywood star Jamie Foxx was among those who tried to help.

Video later showed the attacker, with what appeared to be a badly dislocated arm, being loaded into an ambulance.

Another reporter on the show said the man “rushed” into Chappelle and sent him “flying through the air”.

“He fell backwards on his back with his arms and legs in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock…” Sharon Carpenter said.

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Chappelle’s injured attacker transported by ambulance

In a clip on social media immediately after the incident, Chappelle joked about the attacker, “He was a trans man.”

The comedian was criticized by some for his jokes about the trans community and there was a backlash last year against his Netflix special.

Stand-up comedian Chris Rock – who was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars – also performed at the show.

“After Chappelle got attacked he came on stage and they joked it was Will Smith,” Brianna Sacks tweeted.

Chappelle also spoke about the need for more security after his recent controversy, as well as the Chris Rock incident, according to people in the audience.

British comedian Jimmy Carr was at the Hollywood show and posted a photo of himself with Chappelle.

“Just happy everyone is fine,” he tweeted.

The incident happened during Chappelle’s last of four performances there, as part of the Netflix Is A Joke comedy festival.

The 48-year-old then returned to the stage to thank Jamie Foxx for stepping in.

“Whenever you get in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up wearing a sheriff’s hat,” he joked.

“This man is an absolute genius – we gotta make sure we protect him at all times man – that’s what it’s all about…” Foxx replied.

A Hollywood Bowl spokesperson said “an active investigation” is ongoing.

Last year, Chappelle attacked cancel culture after the backlash for his Netflix special, in which he said “gender is a fact” and declared himself a member of “Team TERF” – which stands for trans-exclusive radical feminist.

Dave Chappelle.  Photo: Netflix/Mathieu Bitton
Chappelle is one of America’s most popular stand-ups. Photo: Netflix/Mathieu Bitton

However, he also said he was open to discussing his show with members of the transgender community.

Controversy seen from Netflix staff walk out in protest but the streaming giant stood by Chappelle and refused to scrap the program.

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