Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock discuss onstage assaults at the LA Comedy Club
Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock reportedly opened up about their onstage assaults during a secret performance at a comedy club in Los Angeles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the couple appeared at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood just two days after 48-year-old Chappelle was “attacked” during his show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Rock was also present at Tuesday night’s performance, appearing as part of the cast that included Jimmy Carr, Jon Stewart, Leslie Jones and actor Jamie Foxx.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) later arrested 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who was carrying a replica knife-bladed weapon, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chappelle told his audience Thursday night that upon seeing Foxx in “a sheriff’s hat,” he calmed down and was hugged by his son immediately after the incident.
A statement on behalf of Chappelle said the comedian refused to allow the incident to “overshadow the magic of (the) historical moment.”
He was joined on stage by Rock at the Comedy Store and the pair reportedly joked about their individual attacks.
Rock was slammed onto the stage by actor Will Smith at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27 after the comedian made a joke about his wife’s hair, unaware it was the result of shedding.
Smith then won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
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Chappelle reportedly told Rock of the incident, “At least you got hit by someone in good standing.”
“I was hit by a homeless man with leaves in his hair.”
Rock reportedly laughed and referred to Smith as “soft.”
Chappelle also said that after the incident he convinced venue security to let him speak to Lee, who he said appeared to be mentally ill.
It comes as Lee pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges on Friday.
He was charged with assault, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to attack, trespassing from an audience area onto a stage at a theatrical event, and disrupting or delaying such an event through unlawful conduct.
Lee, who remains in custody, was ordered to stay at least 300 feet from Chappelle, whose attorney requested the protective order.
Los Angeles prosecutors said they would not pursue any felony charges.
In the US, crimes classified as felonies are considered more serious and punished more severely, while misdemeanors are considered less serious, although they can still result in fines or imprisonment.
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