Police Arrest Suspect Who Attacked Dave Chappelle on Stage

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At a Hollywood Bowl performance, comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked by an armed man.

The attack took place on Tuesday during the Netflix is a Joke festival.
An audience member stormed the stage as Chappelle, 48, was exiting the stage after his performance.

The suspect had tackled Chappelle to the ground, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Chappelle “refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” the comedian’s rep Carla Sims said in a statement Wednesday.

“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,” Sims said.

“As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show,” Sims added.

The Hollywood Bowl’s security detained 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes told USA TODAY Wednesday.

Police arrested Lee, who pointed a replica handgun at Chappelle, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. Lee’s replica handgun also contained a knife blade, the LAPD release said.

Chappelle was not injured. Lee was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police say. Lee is being held on $30,000 bond, according to the release.

Chappelle is cooperating with the active police investigation into this incident.

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