Dave Chappelle was attacked while performing a Netflix comedy in LA. The man who attacked him claims to have rushed the stage over offensive LGBT jokes.
23-year-old Isaiah Lee was interviewed by the New York Post and explained why he jumped on the stage and attacked the comedian.
“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering.”
“I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.”
The comedy legend was on stage in the Hollywood Bowl when Lee stormed and tackled him.
Security quickly rushed to the scene, along with Hollywood superstar Jamie Foxx, to detain the attacker.
Videos of the attack quickly surfaced on social media.
Someone just tried to attack Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/PZI3RMRdjD
— Piñata Farms 🪅 (@pinatafarms) May 4, 2022
— DoZay (@DoZay1) May 4, 2022
Someone attacked Dave Chappelle at his show and his security team left that man looking like Mojo JoJo. pic.twitter.com/pna2642x7G
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) May 4, 2022
The idiot getting beaten down after attacking Dave Chappelle at Hollywood Bowl pic.twitter.com/Ft0FIUyjWv
— Jed Simon (@JEDSIMON) May 4, 2022
After the incident, Chappelle was quick to thank Foxx for acting quickly in the face of danger.
‘Shout out to Jamie Foxx by the way. Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.’
‘I thought that was part of the show, I didn’t know what the f***…’
‘Listen, I just want to say, this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times.’
‘For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.’
Chappelle appeared to be uninjured after the attack and eventually carried on with his set, joking, in pure Chappelle style,: ‘It was a trans man’.
He then continued:
‘I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a n**** backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.’
Chris Rock, who performed later on the same stage, came on and joked: ‘Was that Will Smith?’
Police confirmed Isaiah Lee was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The suspect was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife.