LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night. Security guards chased and subdued the assailant, and Chappelle was able to continue his performance while the man was taken to an ambulance.
The attacker was carrying a replica handgun with a knife blade inside, authorities said.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was detained and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, said Officer Alba Mendez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lee was treated by medical personnel for an unspecified injury and was taken to the Hollywood Division Jail at 3:36 a.m. Wednesday and held in lieu of $30,000 bond, Mendez said. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained the services of a lawyer.
Mendez said a “famous comedian was playing” when Lee jumped on stage, tackled fame and produced the replica handgun containing a knife blade. Mendez said the department did not name the celebrity because it did not confirm the names of the victims.
Chappelle was performing his stand-up routine at the amphitheater as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival when the man rushed onto the stage and tackled him. Jamie Foxx was backstage at the scene and Chappelle thanked him for responding to the attack. Chris Rock was also present and jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith.
Chappelle was attacked while finishing a routine in which he spoke about how comedians need to be more concerned about their personal safety following this year’s Oscars where Oscar-winning actor slapped Rock on live television in reaction to a joke about his wife.
“The comedian had literally just said that he now had more security because of all the uproar of his jokes about the trans communitytweeted Buzzfeed News reporter Brianna Sacks, who attended the show. She tweeted that “while the attacker was being beaten up”, Chappelle “made a joke about how he was probably a trans man”.
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