A video circulating on Twitter shows comedian Dave Chappelle being “attacked” and “attacked” on stage during a live performance. Watch videos of the incident below.
“Dave Chappelle just got attacked on stage,” wrote the Hoodville Twitter account.
The account shared a slow-motion video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media in the moments following the incident.
A 32-second version of the video was shared by Twitter user DoZay. It shows Chappelle reacting immediately after being attacked.
The performance was part of Netflix Is a Joke Fest, a Netflix live comedy festival that began April 28 and runs through May 8. According to his tour, Chappelle was on the scene at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California at the time of the incident.
Twitter users wrote that the man who attacked Chappelle was injured and shared videos they claimed the same person was being loaded into an ambulance. Heavy.com could not immediately prove that the man in the videos was the person who attacked Chappelle.
“Man who assaulted Dave Chappelle at his Hollywood Bowl show has broken and dislocated hands,” Raphouse TV wrote on Twitter.
“Shouldn’t have done that,” a voice is heard saying to the man on the video.
Another video shows security forces frisking a man standing behind a barricade against a makeshift wall. At least one other person can be seen filming the incident while several others watch from the public area.
“Here’s the guy who jumped Dave Chappelle,” wrote Twitter user Lenny Del Earnhardt.
Continuing the show, Chappelle discussed the attack in a later video.
“#DaveChappelle and security are speaking out about being assaulted on stage,” wrote Twitter user PalisadesPod.
Chappelle first joked about his audience showing up at the end of his performance.
“Oh, everyone’s coming out the curtain now,” he said.
He called Jamie Foxx onto the stage, who helped bring down the man who had attacked him.
“Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx shows up with a sheriff’s hat,” Chappelle said.
Foxx joked that he thought the attack was part of the show.
“I grabbed that shitty back of my head,” Chappelle said. “His hair was spongy. Absorbent.”
He said he had never experienced anything like this.
“I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a ***** backstage,” Chappelle said. “I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Foxx said Chappelle is a “genius” and needs to be protected.
“isten, I just want to say… this man is an absolute genius. We have to make sure we protect him at all times,” Foxx said. “For any comedian that comes out of here, it means everything. You are a genius. You are a legend and we will not let anything happen to you.”
ABC 7 Los Angeles reported that the man was armed with a gun and a knife. The attack happened around 10:45 p.m. local time, the news agency reported. The man was taken into custody.
Deadline reported that attendees weren’t allowed to bring their phones inside, so video of the incident was sparse.
“Apparently Chappelle was being hounded by someone on stage. Participants’ phones were confiscated at the gate, so video and even photos are very sparse, but a video posted appeared to show the man pounding into someone holding a microphone, possibly Chappelle,” Deadline wrote.
This is a breaking news post that will be updated as new information becomes available.