We know more about the attack on American comedian Dave Chappelle

American comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted on stage during a show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, police in the California megacity reported. The 48-year-old comedian was attending the streaming platform’s ‘Netflix Is A Joke’ festival at the Hollywood Bowl when a man in the audience came on stage and tried to tackle him, video footage shows. incident shared on social media.

Dave Chappelle was not injured and the motives for this attack were not immediately known.

Los Angeles police confirmed the incident to AFP and said the attacker was carrying a dummy pistol, fitted with a retractable knife blade.

According to a statement from law enforcement, the attacker, a 23-year-old man“pointed the object in the direction of the victim”.

“Hollywood Bowl uniformed security officers, who witnessed the incident, apprehended the suspect and removed him from the victim”continues this press release.

Then handed over to police called to the scene, the attacker was charged with “assault with a lethal weapon” and his bail set at 30,000 dollars.

Videos showed the young man being evacuated on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a police spokeswoman.

According to Brianna Sacks, a Buzzfeed reporter present at the show, the attacker was in turn attacked by at least 10 people after attacking Dave Chappelle.

Last October, Netflix found itself embroiled in a controversy over freedom of expression in the United States after the broadcast of a show by the comedian, “The Closer”, in which the stand-up star responded to the critics accusing it of making fun of transgender people.

In this show condemned by LGBT groups, he claimed that “the existence of gender is a fact” and that its detractors are “too sensitive.”

“In our country you can shoot and kill” a black man, “but don’t you dare offend a gay person“, said Dave Chappelle, himself black.

An agent for Dave Chappelle said Wednesday that “he refused to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of a historic momentwhich saw him perform four times in a row at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl.

For its part, Netflix reacted in a press release to underline that it takes the safety of artists very seriously. “We vigorously defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence.“, said the platform.

In March, American comedian Chris Rock was slapped on stage by actor Will Smith during the Oscars ceremony after a joke about the latter’s wife’s cropped hair.

According to several US media outlets, after Dave Chappelle’s assault on Tuesday night, Chris Rock, who was attending the same festival, appeared on stage with Dave Chappelle and said: “Wasn’t that Will Smith?”

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