Bradley Cooper recently told a scary story. While he was on his way to pick up his daughter, Lea, the star says he was held at knifepoint on the New York City subway. He said he felt like he’d been letting his guard down.
On today’s episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, the “Silver Linings Playbook” star opened up about the harrowing experience. He said he was barely able to get away. He caught some photographs of the perpetrator and went right to the police.
“I used to walk around New York City all the time with these [headphones] on — this was pre-pandemic — I was on the subway [at] 11:45 to pick Lea downtown at Russian school and I got held up at knifepoint. It was pretty insane. I realized I had gotten way, way too comfortable in the city. My guard was down. … I was all the way at the end of the subway. Innately, I would just go all the way down to the end. I felt somebody coming up. I thought, Oh they want to take a photo or something. As I turned, I’m up against the post like it’s the French Connection or some sh*t, and I turned. I looked down and I see a knife.
…I have my headphones on the whole time. I can’t hear anything. I’m just listening to music. So it’s scored, the whole thing was scored. I can’t remember [what I was listening to]. I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are.
I just started booking, just started running. I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway [and] took my phone out. He jumped over, running away. I took a photo of him. Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up 7th Avenue. I took two more photographs of him. I ran down two police officers in an SUV, showed them the photograph and I’m, like, talking to them, and the guy kept saying — it was so interesting — he’s like, ‘Are you stabbed?’ I was like, ‘No, no.’ He was like, ‘Check to see if you’re stabbed.’ What happens is people get stabbed and they’re in shock. I looked to see if he was right. … And then I got back on the subway and picked up my daughter.”
Bradley Cooper is an eight-time Oscar winner. It just goes to show that this kind of thing can happen to anyone. Fortunately, he wasn’t injured and walked away with only a story to tell.
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