Dave Chappelle was attacked by an armed man on stage during his set at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The footage is viral now on social media platforms. In the footage, Chappelle was performing on the stage suddenly an unknown person hit him and tackles him to the floor, at the moment itself the securities drag him away. See the footage below.
The Los Angeles Police Division told to NBC News Los Angeles that they had taken a man into custody and that he was armed with a replica gun “that can eject a knife blade” when discharged correctly. It wasn’t immediately clear if the man tried to use the weapon. Police said that Chappelle was not injured in the incident.
Buzzfeed reporter Brianna Sacks also shared a video showing the man being loaded onto an ambulance. Sacks said that, before the attack, the comedian spoke about increased security around him in the wake of widespread backlash for jokes he has made about the transgender community.
Some Netflix employees in the fall staged a walkout in Hollywood to protest the company’s decision to carry one of Chappelle’s comedy specials, “The Closer,” which they said included trans-phobic remarks.
At the incident time, Chappelle was performing as part of the Netflix Is A Joke Fest, an 11-day stand-up comedy festival backed by streaming giant Netflix. The festival includes 130 comics with an inaugural lineup including Seth Rogen, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, and Conan O’Brien.