Dave Chappelle Attacked On Stage During LA Comedy Show


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Dave Chappelle was performing at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival in Los Angeles Tuesday night (May 3) when someone stormed the stage and attacked him.

Audience members' cellphones were confiscated at the door, so footage and photos of the incident are scarce. One video circulating social media shows the shocking moment when the attacker rushed on stage and tackled Chappelle to the ground before getting up and evading security. Multiple reports indicate the person fled off the stage and was later detained by security.

According to NBC News, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that officers detained a man who was armed with what they described as a replica gun "that can eject a knife blade" when used correctly. It is not clear whether the man attempted to use the weapon during the attack, police said.

Authorities also said Chappelle was not injured in the attack.

According to multiple accounts, the incident took place towards the end of Chappelle's set and during the curtain call, he revealed that fellow comedian Jamie Foxx was in attendance and had stepped in to help get the attacker into custody.

"Whenever you're in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff's hat," Chapelle said, per The Hollywood Reporter.

"N–––a, I thought that was part of the show, I didn't know what the f––k," Foxx said in response.

Later, Foxx reportedly addressed Chappelle and the crowd stating, "For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You're a genius. You're a legend ... and we're not going to let nothing happen to you."

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