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Comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted by an audience member this week while performing at the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

TV Line reports video footage shows a man came on stage and rushed at Chappelle during his performance and tackled him to the floor, before getting apprehended by venue security.

The Los Angeles Police Department later told NBC News Los Angeles that the man was armed with a replica gun that featured an ejectable knife blade; it’s not currently clear if an attempt was made to use the weapon while on stage.

Police said neither Chappelle nor any officers were injured during the incident, while the assailant was taken to the hospital with “superficial injuries.”

There were reports Chappelle’s security team were heavy-handed with the man.

In video footage posted on social media after the incident, Chappelle was also heard saying / joking, “It was a trans man.”

Last year, the comedian drew ire for jokes made in his Netflix special The Closer that were branded “dangerously transphobic”.

 

Source: tvtonight.com.au

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