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Dave Chappelle Tackled On Stage By Audience Member Who Was Allegedly Armed With Knife, Fake Gun

Audience member Isaiah Lee was allegedly armed with a replica gun with a knife attached when he tackled Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, according to authorities.

By Gina Tron
Dave Chappelle speaks onstage n October 30, 2021

Comic Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage during a live performance, allegedly by an armed assailant.

Chappelle, 48, was performing stand-up at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night when a man jumped on stage, the Los Angeles Police Department told CNBC

“He had finished his act and as he was exiting the stage, a male who was part of the audience jumped on the stage and tackle(d) this celebrity to the ground," LAPD spokesperson Officer Lizeth Lomeli told CNN.

Chappelle was not injured.

The suspect, identified by police as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was detained at the scene by the venue’s security team. He has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, authorities confirmed to Oxygen.com. He was allegedly armed with a replica gun that had an ejectable knife blade "when you discharge it correctly," police told NBC News. It is unclear if police believe he was trying to use the weapon on Chappelle.

Lee suffered “superficial injuries” as he was being detained, according to police. Lee has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated. A possible motive, if any, has not been determined.

Footage of the incident captured by audience members shows Chappelle falling to the ground when tackled; the suspect then ran backstage where he was detained. Other footage shows a man being wheeled out of the venue in a stretcher.

Chappelle was performing at "Netflix is a Joke: The Festival” when the incident occurred. Comedian Chris Rock joined Chappelle on stage after the apparent attack. Less than two months ago, Rock was slapped on stage by Will Smith while doing stand up at the Academy Awards.

“Was that Will Smith?” Rock joked to the audience at Hollywood Bowl following the attack, CNBC reports.

Lee is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. It is not immediately clear if he had an attorney to speak on his behalf. 

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