Kevin Hart: Dave Chappelle’s Attacker Must Get Beat Up

Kevin Hart spoke on the May 5, episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live”The man who attacked Dave Chappelle was beaten up on stage for the entire world to see. Chappelle was performing at Hollywood Bowl in the Netflix Is a Joke comedy fest when a man tried to get on top of him. The man was carrying a fake gun and a knife, which was later discovered. Chappelle’s security team then tackled the attacker. Video footage showed the attacker had severed his arm.

“Somebody ran onstage and got their ass whooped,”Hart said. “Not scary. It’s one of those things that needed to happen, though…do you want people to continue to think that they can cross that line and break the barrier of entertainer [and audience]? Somebody getting their ass whooped sends a message out to other people that was like, ‘You know, I was thinking about doing that. But after seeing that, I don’t really want to do that.’”

Hart continued, “I think that the world that we’re in right now—there are a lot of lines that are being blurred, and sometimes you gotta take a lot of steps back to take a step forward…I think it’s time to get back to a place of respect for your live entertainer and understand that you’re coming to a show.”

Isiah Lee, 24, was taken into custody by police on suspicion of assault using a deadly weapon. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced May 5 that Lee would not be charged with a felony. Lee was later convicted of four misdemeanors, including battery, possession with intent to assault and unauthorized access to the stage area during performances.

“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,”A spokesperson for Netflix said that the company issued a statement on the following day.

Chappelle’s spokesperson also released a statement following the attack. “Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. 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.”

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