Will Smith’s slap incident generated a lot of headlines, and it may have inspired some. A member in the audience recently attacked Dave Chappelle on stage. Kevin Hart recently stated that Dave Chappelle’s Attacker needed to be beaten up so that a message could be sent.
On the May 5 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kevin Hart stated that it was more or less vital for the man who assaulted Dave Chappelle on stage to get beaten up for everybody to see. A man went up on stage and attempted to assault Chappelle while he was performing at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival.
It was eventually discovered that the man was holding a plastic fake gun with a knife. The attacker was then tackled by Chappelle’s security staff.
“Somebody ran onstage and got their a*s whooped. Not scary. It’s one of those things that needed to happen, though…do you want people to continue to think that they can cross that line and break the barrier of entertainer [and audience]? Somebody getting their a*s whooped sends a message out to other people that was like, ‘You know, I was thinking about doing that. But after seeing that, I don’t really want to do that.’”
“I think that the world that we’re in right now — there are a lot of lines that are being blurred, and sometimes you gotta take a lot of steps back to take a step forward…I think it’s time to get back to a place of respect for your live entertainer and understand that you’re coming to a show.”
Isiah Lee, who is only 23, was detained hours after the incident on the accusation of assault with a deadly weapon. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed on May 5 that Lee will not face felony charges. Lee was eventually charged with four misdemeanors: battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance, and commission of an act that delays or interferes with a performer.
In the aftermath of the attack, Chappelle’s spokesperson also published a statement.
“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run ties Chappelle with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70k fans of diverse backgrounds during the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”
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