| 15.4°C Dublin

Save Dave American comedian Dave Chappelle attacked on stage during LA stand-up show

The Chappelle Show star was recording a Netflix special at the Hollywood Bowl when a man charged the comic, who narrowly escaped being tackled to the ground, Sky News reported.

Close

An attacker ‘lunged at’ Dave Chappelle and sent the comedian ‘flying in the air’ during an event at the Hollywood Bowl, according to a witness.(Netflix/PA)

An attacker ‘lunged at’ Dave Chappelle and sent the comedian ‘flying in the air’ during an event at the Hollywood Bowl, according to a witness.(Netflix/PA)

An attacker ‘lunged at’ Dave Chappelle and sent the comedian ‘flying in the air’ during an event at the Hollywood Bowl, according to a witness.(Netflix/PA)

American comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked by a person who ran at him while he performed a live show in Los Angeles last night.

The Chappelle Show star was recording a Netflix special at the Hollywood Bowl when a man charged the comic, who narrowly escaped being tackled to the ground, Sky News reported.

People who were at the gig have shared details of the incident on social media.

BuzzFeed reporter Brianna Sacks said: “A man charged and tackled” Chappelle as the show was coming to a close.

In a series of tweets, Ms Sacks said the man who tackled Chappelle was ‘punched and kicked’ by security guards after the incident.

Meanwhile, a video on social media shows Mr Chappelle’s attacker, with a badly damaged arm, being loaded into an ambulance.

Another audience member posted a video after the incident which appeared to show Chappelle joking: “"It was a trans man" who attacked him.

It comes as the comedian has been criticised for jokes he made that offended members of the trans community as recently as last year.

Chappelle faced backlash over comments about transgender people in his Netflix comedy special, The Closer.

The comedian said “gender is a fact” and shared his backing for JK Rowling, who has also attracted criticism for her remarks about the concept of biological sex.

Netflix employees were said to have reacted with anger to his comments and reportedly organised a walkout over the streaming giant’s decision to air the special.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

US comedian Chris Rock, who was slapped by Will Smith at this year’s Oscars, also performed at last night’s show.

After Chappelle was tackled Rock came on stage and joked that the attacker was Will Smith.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy