There have been a lot of questions stemming from the recent attack on Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl. Many wondered how the assailant could have made it to the stage at all. Isaiah Lee was also brandishing a weapon, which has further baffled fans who wanted to know how he could’ve got a knife through venue security.

It turns out that the security company working the night of the Dave Chappelle show has a history of major failures. Yahoo News reported that CSC was in charge during the deadly Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman killed 60 people from a hotel room window. The firm also oversaw security for the terrible Astroworld tragedy.

CSC claims on its website that they are the ‘world leader in crowd management and event security for the entertainment and sporting event industries.’ They have faced multiple lawsuits, as hundreds have been killed and several others injured at events they were working security for. Major concert venues run by promoters like Live Nation continue to employ the company.

CSC’s website indicates that no security experience is necessary to work their events. The firm hires security personnel as independent contractors as a means to dodge liability. Those familiar with the company’s hiring process have said that training is frequently inadequate.


A security staffer working on the Dave Chappelle incident noted that guards were instructed to bypass some measures to get people into the venue more quickly. Bags were barely checked. That could explain how Isaiah Lee was able to get in with a knife.

CSC has not commented on its alleged record of security failures. It might be time for promoters to look at a new vendor when it comes to keeping fans safe. After hundreds of injuries and deaths around the world, something has to be done.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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