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Dave Chappelle has finally spoken in detail about the incident and its aftermath for the first time. The comedian returned on stage after two days to perform a secret show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles on May 5.
Champelle revealed that during the attack, he was unable to see the man’s face but grabbed a hold of his hair.
He also took a moment to thank those who reached out to him after the incident, sharing.
“A lot of people love me, it turns out,” per the outlet.
Recall that the incident happened during Chappelle’s May 3 set, when a man in the audience rushed the stage and tackled the comedian to the ground.
According to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Stating that the suspect was armed with a replica gun.
Chappelle was later joined in his set by fellow comedian Chris Rock who was present at Chappelle’s show during the attack and attacked onstage himself by Will Smith at the 2022 Oscar and the pair reflected on their recent incidents together.
“At least you got smacked by someone of repute! I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.” Chappelle said.
Rock laughed and said that he got “smacked” by the “softest” person to ever rap.
Chappelle also revealed that he pleaded with Authorities to let him speak with the man who allegedly attacked him.
It was revealed that the man’s attack on the comedian was meant to draw attention to gentrification after his grandmother was recently ousted from her Brooklyn neighborhood, per the outlet.
Chappelle rounded up the show by saying “I hate this city.”