Kevin Hart on Dave Chappelle getting attacked onstage: Audiences need to ‘respect the craft’

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Kevin Hart reacted to the onstage assault on fellow comic Dave Chappelle, who was tackled by a person on the Hollywood Bowl earlier than being subdued by safety guards.

Showing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Hart stated: “We’ve now lost sight of the relationship of audience to comedian, and that line has gotten blurred to where it’s like, ‘Well, I don’t need to do this and like this, and I can stand up and make a point.'”

Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a lethal weapon, police stated, after speeding the stage towards the tip of Chappelle’s set within the final of a four-night stint on the out of doors amphitheater as a part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” competition.

He was carrying a reproduction handgun with a big blade that folded out of it much like a pocket knife, in keeping with a photograph launched by police.

“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,” the Los Angeles County district lawyer’s workplace stated in an announcement.

The case was referred to the Los Angeles metropolis lawyer’s workplace, which charged Lee with 4 misdemeanor counts. Lee is predicted to seem in court docket Friday.

Jail data confirmed Lee was being held Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail, Mendez stated. It was not instantly recognized if he had retained a lawyer, and the motive for the assault was unclear.

Folks standing within the wings of the stage, together with actor Jamie Foxx and rapper Busta Rhymes, rushed on to the stage to attempt to assist Chappelle.

Safety guards chased and overpowered Lee, who was taken away in an ambulance for therapy of an unspecified damage.

“The performances by Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record-breaking and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” Chapelle’s publicist Carla Sims stated in an announcement.

Chappelle was attacked as he was wrapping up a routine by which he talked about how comedians have to fret extra about their private safety within the wake of this yr’s Academy Awards ceremony the place the Oscar-winning actor slapped Chris Rock on stay tv in response to a joke about his spouse.

Rock was additionally within the wings of Chappelle’s present, He grabbed the mic and jokingly requested, “Was that Will Smith?”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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