Dave Chappelle Attacked on Stage: Suspect Arrested, Identified as Isaiah Lee, Video

Who attacked Dave Chappelle? Dave Chappelle was reportedly tackled onstage by armed man while performing at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was taken into custody Tuesday night after tackling Chappelle during his performance. Exclusive footage from AIR7 HD captured the attacker on a gurney as he was being loaded into an ambulance to be taken to a hospital.

According to ABC News, Chappelle and the man tussled on the stage floor before the man ran away behind a screen on stage. Security staff surrounded and tackled the man in the rear corner of the stage.

Chappelle appeared to run toward the altercation, saying the man was being “stomped.” Chappelle asked repeatedly for security to remove the man from stage.

Video posted to social media showed him continuing with the show. The 48-year-old comedian was performing as part of the Netflix Is A Joke Fest.

Comedian Chris Rock, who performed earlier in the night, came on stage with Chappelle moments after the attack and joked: “Was that Will Smith?”
Police identified the suspect to CBS Los Angeles as Isaiah Lee of Los Angeles and said he was being held on $30,000 bail. Chappelle was not injured in the attack.

Comedian Chris Rock was at the show, and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith — who made headlines by bounding up onstage and slapping Rock at the Academy Awards in March.

Chappelle drew a sharp rebuke late last year from the transgender community for jokes at their expense featured in his latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” which premiered in October.

Netflix stood by the Washington, D.C., native, continuing to air the special despite hundreds of its own employees staging a walkout over what they deemed Chappelle’s transphobic jokes.

The comic later said he’d be happy to meet with any member of the transgender community, but that he would not be swayed by “anyone’s demands” to censor his routine.

“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands,” he told an audience in a clip posted to his Instagram.

The 48-year-old comedian listed three conditions for any potential meeting, and responded to fellow comedian Hannah Gadsby, who labelled Chapelle’s Netflix special “hate speech.”

“If you wanna meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have conditions: First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing and a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

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