After comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked while performing at the Hollywood Bowl’s Netflix Is a Joke Festival, a man made a statement. As they spoke out, Chappelle’s spokesperson tried to focus attention back on the comedian’s shows. Police say that Isaiah Lee, 23, rushed onto the stage from the audience to confront Chappelle. Security officers then removed Lee.
“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,”The statement is read. “This run ties Chappelle with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70k fans of diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”
Continue the statement to thank Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock and all those involved in making this possible “calm the crowd with humor”Before Chappelle could return to present Black Star, the last musical guest of the evening. Rock made comparisons in the aftermath to his own recent experience being assaulted while presenting at the 2022 Oscars – when Will Smith slapped him over a joke made about wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock joked about the suspect being “maybe being Will Smith,”Telling the crowd “You know, they were like, ‘Is that Will Smith?'”
“As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show,”The statement was added. Netflix released a statement following Chappelle’s attack. It stated simply: “We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Department Lee was charged with felony assault using a deadly weapon and his bail was set at $30.000 According to police, Lee was armed with a replica gun which could have ejected a real knife blade if discharged. However, it is not clear if Lee attempted to use the weapon in the attack. Lee was treated for superficial injuries and taken to the hospital. Chappelle was not hurt during the attack.