A suspect has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon following a theatrical attack on comedian Dave Chappelle.
The suspect mentioned a replica gun in which Chappelle had a knife blade, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) spokesman said.
Chappelle was not injured, but the suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The incident happened while Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl.
Clips shared on social media showed someone being uploaded to the star during her performance at Tuesday’s Netflix joke festival.
An LAPD spokesman said: “The Hollywood Bowl was a comedian, and as he finished his performance, a man jumped onto the stage and faced stardom.
“The suspect produced a replica firearm and returned the item to the victim. He was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.”
The suspect has been identified by LAPD as Isaiah Lee, 23, who is being held in jail on $30,000 (£24,000) bail.
Last year, Chappelle criticized and protested when his Netflix special was accused of transphobia.
Back on stage on Tuesday, the 48-year-old appears to have brought the controversy to light by suggesting to the public that the striker was a “diagonal man”.
According to ABC reporter Stephanie Wash, Chris Rock’s co-star Will Smith — who met Will Smith onstage at the Oscars in March — then took the stage with Chappelle.
British journalist Sharon Carpenter, who was also present, said actress and singer Jamie Foxx had also joined Chappelle.
Carpenter told the PA news agency that the comedian, who hosted the event, was “cheated” by an assailant who “threw him through the air”.
He said: “It was like someone swinging sideways across the stage. He fell backward, hands and feet in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock. shock shock
“I thought for a moment, okay, is this a joke? Because they made jokes about Will Smith. While Chris Rock was there Dave was joking, it was the fair game wasn’t it?”
In a video, Chappelle thanked her famous friends for their help, saying, “If you get into trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up with a sheriff’s hat.”
“I thought it was part of the show,” Foxx replied.
Chappelle jokes, “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stepped on [someone] backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Jimmy Carr, the British comedian who sparked outrage over Holocaust rituals earlier this year, starred in his Netflix special at the streaming event on Tuesday.
Carr later tweeted that the show was “insane” and “glad everyone is doing okay.”
A Hollywood Bowl spokesman said an investigation had been launched, telling the PA: “The Hollywood Bowl incident of May 3, 2022, is an active investigation and we are unable to comment further at this time.”
In October, around 100 people protested outside Netflix headquarters against the broadcast of Chappelle’s comedy, which they said was transphobic.
They protested against The Closer, in which he claimed that “gender is a fact” and that LGBT people are “too sensitive”.
Chappelle later responded to those he said wanted to “cancel it.” “For the transgender community, I am more than happy to give you an audience,” she said. “But you will not call me. I bow to no one.”
The likes of Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg, Bill Burr, and Pete Davidson will also be hosting a first comedy fest on Netflix, as will recent Oscar co-hosts Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes.
An incident occurred Tuesday, five weeks after Smith slammed Rock onto the stage at the Oscars after Rock joked about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.