Speaking at a secret comedy show in Los Angeles last night (May 5), Dave Chappelle shared more details about his experience of being assaulted on stage earlier this week.
Chappelle, 48, performed Tuesday night (May 3) as part of the Hollywood Bowl Netflix it’s a joke Festival when a man rushed onto the stage and attacked him, carrying a replica pistol fitted with an ejecting knife blade.
Immediately after the altercation, the attacker – now identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee – was arrested by security forces and removed from the scene. View footage of the attack here.
Chappelle revealed yesterday at a stand-up set at the Comedy Store that he had convinced the Los Angeles Police Department to allow him into the room where Lee was being held. “I needed to talk to him,” Chappelle said.
The comedian said he asked Lee what provoked his attack, after which Lee — who Chappelle said appeared to be mentally ill — told him a story about his Brooklyn grandmother, who was forced to move her neighborhood due to gentrification to leave.
Chappelle said the attack, as far as he understood it, was intended to draw attention to their plight.
Chappelle also described a touching moment he shared in the moments after the attack with his son hugging him and telling him, “Dad, I love you.”
Thursday’s performance was attended by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Sean “Diddy” Combs, rapper Yasiin Bey and comedian Jeff Ross. Chris Rock, who was slapped onstage by Will Smith at the Oscars in March, joined Chappelle onstage.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/dave-chappelle-attack-motive-b2073230.html Dave Chappelle reveals the man who attacked him on stage later told him his motives