Last night, an unhinged audience member violently assaulted politically incorrect comedian Dave Chappelle.
The attack occurred as Chappelle performed in front of thousands of adoring fans at the “Netflix is a Joke” comedy festival.
Newly-released videos show Chappelle’s attacker sprinting to tackle the stunned comedian.
The Los Angeles Police Department has identified the alleged perpetrator as Isaiah Lee, 23. Lee stormed the stage carrying a replica gun with a retractable blade.
He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Security promptly whisked Lee off stage, where BuzzFeed News reported he “got his a** kicked by at least 10 people.”
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Fox News has more on Chappelle’s reaction:
Immediately following the attack, Chappelle remained on stage and thanked security, before joking about the incident and describing the individual who attacked him as a “trans man.”
Chappelle makes several jokes about the trans community in his standup routine and even boasted during Tuesday night’s performance that he has been recently forced to increase his security amid new threats.
The attack took place toward the end of Chappelle’s standup routine. The comedian thanked both Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx for helping out following the attack.
“Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” he told the audience.
Chris Rock also appeared on stage shortly afterward and jokingly asked if Chappelle’s attacker was Will Smith.
In all seriousness, do you think that Will Smith set a dangerous precedent with his Oscars slap, and how concerned are you about possible copycat crimes against other comedians?