A man who police say was armed with a replica gun rushed onto a stage and tackled comedian Dave Chappelle while performing at a comedy festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the attack on Wednesday, saying the weapon the man was carrying can eject a knife blade “when you unload it properly.” It is not known if the fan attempted to use the weapon.
Multiple videos and accounts posted online showed the man climbing onto the front stage of the Hollywood Bowl and rushing towards Chappelle. At least one video showed the comedian falling to the ground, with several other people rushing to apprehend the person.
The attacker, an audience member at the show, was arrested by venue security and later taken to hospital with “superficial injuries,” the LAPD said. Video posted online of the alleged attacker appeared to the unidentified man on a stretcher with his elbow bent at an odd angle.
Neither Chappelle nor any officers were injured, police said.
Buzzfeed reporter Brianna Sacks also shared a video showing the man being loaded into an ambulance. Sacks said that before the attack, the comedian spoke of heightened security around him following widespread backlash for jokes he made about the transgender community. In the fall, some Netflix employees staged a walkout in Hollywood to protest the company’s decision to air one of Chappelle’s comedy specials, “The Closer,” which they said included transphobic remarks.
The motive for Tuesday night’s attack is unclear.
Chappelle performed his number at the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater on Tuesday night as part of Netflix’s Is a Joke: The Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 8. Other acts listed in the lineup alongside Chappelle included Leslie Jones, Jon Stewart and Chris. Rock – a comedian who was also recently abused onstage when he was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars in March.
Representatives for Dave Chappelle and the Hollywood Bowl could not immediately be reached for comment.
The venue said on its website that the show would be a “phone-free experience” and attendees would be required to secure their phones in specially designed pouches. At least one person sharing a video of the incident said they “forgot” a second phone in their bag.