Dave Chappelle Breaks His Silence On 'Unsettling' Attack In LA


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A representative for Dave Chappelle released the first public statement on his behalf after the comedian was attacked on stage on Tuesday (May 3) during the Netflix Is A Joke Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

"As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show," Carla Sims, Chappelle's rep, said in a statement to CNN. "Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle the last and featured musical guests for the evening."

Video circulating on social media captured the moment a man from the audience jumped on stage and rushed the comedian before tackling the 48-year-old to the ground.

Authorities identified the man who stormed the stage and tackled Chappelle to the ground as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee. The LAPD confirmed that Lee had a weapon in his possession at the time of the attack.

LAPD spokesperson Lizeth Lomeli stated that Lee was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon before he was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Chappelle is "fully cooperating" with the LAPD investigation, officials said.

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