Knife-wielding Man, 23, – No, Not Will– Charged with Attacking Dave Chappelle in Trans Joke Backlash

Dave Chappelle on stage for NBC Today Show Concert with Little Mix, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY June 17, 2014. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection
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By Sophie Barnett, @sophhbarnett

A man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, before appearing to make a joke about the man being trans.

A 23-year-old man, named Isaiah Lee, has been charged following the incident, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

Mr Chappelle was performing in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival when he was attacked live on stage, according to videos shared on social media.

Brianna Sacks, a reporter at the show, said just as the event was ending “a man charged and tackled” the comedian.

She said security “rushed and started punching and kicking the s*** out of Chappelle’s attacker”.

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The attacker was said to be holding a replica gun knife like this: