Dave Chappelle attacked: LAPD releases photos of replica handgun knife allegedly seized from suspect at Hollywood Bowl
Footage obtained by TMZ shows the suspect – who has since been identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee – running onto the stage and attacking the comedian.
According to an update released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Police Department, Lee was armed with a replica handgun knife.
Police have released photos of the replica, which has the knife blade extending below the barrel of the gun.
Lee was taken into custody on Tuesday evening.
Video shows Chappelle backing up but managed to free himself quickly as security rushed to grab the attacker.
According to ABC News, Chappelle and the man got into an argument on the stage floor. Security personnel surrounded and tackled the man in the back corner of the stage.
Chappelle appeared to run towards the altercation, saying the man was “trampled” and repeatedly demanded that security remove the man from the scene.
Exclusive AIR7 HD footage captured the attacker on a stretcher as he was loaded into an ambulance to be taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.
Lee was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $30,000 bond, according to LAPD booking records. It is unclear what motivated Lee to take the stage.
“The replica handgun, which contained a knife blade, has been recovered and retained as evidence,” police said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Chappelle released a statement Wednesday, calling the incident “unfortunate and disturbing,” but saying he refused to let it overshadow the record-breaking performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
She noted that the comedian continued his show and worked with Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock to help calm the crowd with humor. He is cooperating with the police investigation of the incident.
Spokesperson Carla Sims’ statement reads:
“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run ties Chappelle to Monty Python for the most successful shows of any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans in backgrounds at the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, and he refuses to let last night’s incident overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”
“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle carried on the show. Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock humorously helped calm the crowd before Chappelle introduced the evening’s final musical guests, hip-hop artists yasiin bey and Talib Kweli, aka Black Star, who performed music from their new album – the first in nearly 24 years – which was released on Luminary.Other special comedic guests last night included Earthquake, Leslie Jones, Jeff Ross, Sebastian, Jon Stewart and Michelle Wolf.
A Netflix spokesperson also released a brief statement, “We care deeply about the safety of creators and strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.”
The comedian was unharmed in the attack and later joked with the audience about it.
Comedian Chris Rock, who performed earlier in the evening, took the stage with Chappelle moments after the attack and joked, “Was that Will Smith?”
ABC News contributed to this report.
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