(CNN) — A consultant for Dave Chappelle has launched a press release concerning an viewers member who attacked him Tuesday evening whereas the comic was performing on the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
“As unlucky and unsettling because the incident was, Chappelle went on with the present,” Carla Sims, Chappelle’s consultant, stated in a press release to CNN. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the gang with humor earlier than Chappelle launched the final and featured musical company for the night.”
The person who tackled Chappelle, recognized as Isaiah Lee, had a knife and is in custody, Los Angeles police informed CNN.
Video exhibits Chappelle being attacked onstage.
LAPD spokesperson Officer Lizeth Lomeli informed CNN that Chappelle “had completed his act and as he was exiting the stage, a male who was a part of the viewers jumped on the stage and deal with(d) this superstar to the bottom.”
Lee, 23, was arrested for felony assault with a lethal weapon and brought to a hospital for medical therapy, Lomeli stated. The sufferer “was not injured because of the crime,” she stated.
The weapon was a “knife blade,” Lomeli stated.
LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes informed CNN the suspect had a knife that was a reproduction handgun.
Police later launched pictures of the weapon, which was collected and booked as proof, in line with a launch from LAPD.
Sims stated Chappelle is “totally cooperating” with the police investigation of the incident.
The motive of the obvious assault stays unclear.
It additionally wasn’t clear whether or not Chappelle filed an official police report.
Chappelle was acting at “Netflix is a Joke: The Competition.”
“We care deeply concerning the security of creators and we strongly defend the fitting of stand-up comedians to carry out on stage with out concern of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson informed CNN in a press release.
Jed Simon, an viewers member who was on the present informed CNN that Chappelle was ending up his set and was about to introduce a musical act when a person climbed as much as the stage and tackled the comic.
Simon stated he was sitting within the third row and was having fun with the present together with his associates when he witnessed the incident.
“Some man in entrance of us simply climbed up on the stage. I used to be like ‘what the f*** is occurring? He got here proper from the viewers.” Simon informed CNN. “Subsequent factor I do know he lunges at Dave and tackles him to the bottom fairly aggressively. I used to be like what’s going on?”
CNN correspondent Rachel Crane was additionally within the viewers and described the bedlam after the assault.
In accordance with Crane, the suspect was sporting a backpack. He was dragged stage proper, the place he was being subdued, when Chappelle stated, “Do not do that on stage, take him off.”
CNN has reached out to the Los Angeles Hearth Division and the Hollywood Bowl for extra info.
CNN’s Jay McMichael and Brian Lowry contributed to this report.
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