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DAVE Chappelle’s attacker has been identified and charged after storming the Hollywood Bowl stage with a knife in a replica of a gun.
Los Angeles police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who is being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.
Dave Chappelle’s attacker has been identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee.
A man, believed to be Lee, was seen being transported to an ambulance after Chappelle was attacked on stage.
Lee was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail early Wednesday on $30,000 bond, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The incident was featured on Netflix is a prank fest at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
Footage shared online shows the moment Lee walked onto the stage before addressing the 48-year-old Chappelle.
LAPD officials said Lee was armed with a replica weapon that ejected a knife.
Security then surrounded the man who ran onto the stage.
Actor Jamie Foxx helped stop the suspected attacker
Actor Jamie Foxx helped stop the suspected attacker.
Chappelle, who was not injured, said: “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.”
She added: “Listen, I just want to say… this man is an absolute genius. We have to make sure we protect him at all times.”
“For every comedian that comes here, this means everything. You are a genius. You are a legend and we are not going to let anything happen to you.”
The funny Chris Rock made a joke asking if the attacker was Will Smith.
Smith slapped Rock at the Oscars in March after the comic referenced Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
Chappelle claimed to have stomped on the alleged attacker, reportedly boasting, “I always wanted to do that.”
Footage showed a man, believed to be Lee, being treated by paramedics for an injured arm before being taken to hospital.
Lee’s motive remains unclear.
Witnesses took to Twitter to speculate after the incident.
One said, “I’m at this Dave Chappelle concert and tell me why some guy ran up and knocked it down.”
Another commented: “I just saw someone tackle Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and then he jumped on the guy.”
NFL star Marcellus Willey tweeted: “Leaving the Dave Chappelle show and some foo ran onstage and just tackled it hard on some Will Smith BS!”
And the funny Jimmy Carr called the show “crazy.”
Los Angeles journalist Sharon Carpenter claims that the attack sent Chappelle “flying through the air.”
She told the Press Association: “It was a bit difficult to watch because people stood up at that point and left.
“But it looked like someone shot out from the side of the stage, lunged at Dave, and all I saw was Dave basically flying through the air.
“He fell on his back, arms and legs in the air. Obviously he was in shock. We were all in shock.”
Last October, Chappelle sparked outrage over his comments on his Netflix special The Closer.
He was criticized for making derogatory comments about the genitalia of trans women.