Comedian Dave Chappelle assaulted on stage in Los Angeles

A man burst onto the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles where the comedian was performing in an attempt to tackle him to the ground. Police said the attacker was carrying a dummy gun fitted with a knife blade.

American comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted on stage during a stand-up show in Los Angeles on Tuesday (May 3), the trade magazine reported. HollywoodReporter .

The actor was participating in the “Netflix is ​​a joke” festival – a festival bringing together some of the most popular English-speaking comedians of the moment such as Seth Rogens or Conan O’Brien – organized at the Hollywood Bowl, when he was tackled to the ground, added the review citing video footage of the incident shared on social media.

These images show an unidentified person going on stage and attacking the comedian before being subdued by security officials. Los Angeles police confirmed the incident to AFP and said the assailant was carrying a dummy pistol, albeit equipped with a knife blade. It was not immediately clear if he had attempted to use it on the comedian, who was not injured.

The 23-year-old suspect has been charged with“assault with a lethal weapon” and his bail set at $30,000, police said. Videos showed the attacker being carried on a stretcher and then to a hospital for treatment, according to a police spokeswoman. According to Brianna Sacks, a journalist from BuzzFeed present at the show, the attacker was in turn attacked by at least 10 people after attacking Dave Chappelle.

Controversy after the comedian’s transphobic remarks

Last October, Netflix found itself embroiled in a controversy over freedom of expression in the United States after the broadcast of a show by the comedian, The Closerin which the stand-up star responds to critics accusing him of transphobia.

In this show condemned by LGBTQ+ groups, he claimed that “gender is a fact” and that its detractors are “too sensitive”. “In our country you can shoot and kill” a black man, “but don’t you dare offend a gay person”said Dave Chappelle.

According to journalist Brianna Sacks, the aggressor would have taken the stage after the comedian mentioned his need to call on more security agents since this controversy.

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