Dave Chappelle attacked: Video shows the moment a suspect engages with Hollywood comedian Powell


LOS ANGELES (CABC) – Video shows the exact moment a man ran upstage and attacked comedian Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl.

Footage obtained by TMZ shows the suspect – who has since been identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee – running up the stage and engaging with the comedian.

According to an update from the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, Lee was armed with a replica pistol knife.

Police released photos of the replica, whose knife blade extends outward from under the barrel of the gun.

Lee was arrested on Tuesday night.

The video shows Chappelle retreating but quickly freeing himself as security rushed to arrest the attacker.

According to ABC News, Chappelle and the guy got tangled up on the stage floor. Security men surrounded the man in the back corner of the platform and treated him.

Chappelle appeared to run into the fray, saying the man had been “trampled” and repeatedly asked security to get the man off the stage.

Exclusive footage of the AIR7 HD captured the attacker on a stretcher as he was being transported in an ambulance to be taken to hospital for unspecified injuries.

Lee has been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and has been held on $30,000 bail, according to LAPD custody records. It is not clear what prompted me to run on stage.

“The counterfeit pistol, which contained a knife blade, was found and seized as evidence,” police said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Chappelle released a statement on Wednesday, calling the incident “unfortunate and concerning” but said he was refusing to allow him to overshadow the record-breaking performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
She noted that the comedian continued his show and worked with Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock to help calm the audience with his sense of humor. He is cooperating with the police investigation into the accident.

A spokeswoman for Carla Sims said:

Celebrating four nights of comedy and music, Dave Chappelle set record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run connects Chappelle with Monty Python on the most-topped show of any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans from diverse backgrounds during Netflix premiere Is A Joke: The Festival, refusing to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”

As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show. Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the audience with their sense of humor before Chappelle introduced the evening’s last special musical guests, hip-hop artists Yassin Bey and Talib Quelle, aka Black Star, who He sang music from their new album – their first in nearly 24 years – which was released on Luminary. Other special guest comedians last night included Earthquake, Leslie Jones, Jeff Ross, Sebastian, Jon Stewart, and Michelle Wolf.”

A Netflix spokesperson also issued a brief statement: “We deeply care about the safety of our creators and vigorously defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”
The comedian was not injured in the attack and later joked with the audience.

Comedian Chris Rock, who performed earlier in the night, took to the stage with Chappelle moments after the attack and joked, “Was that Will Smith?”

ABC News contributed to this report.

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