Security personnel surrounded the alleged attacker in the back corner of the platform.
Comedian Dave Chappelle gasped and was eaten by someone while on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday night during the first-ever live comedy festival on Netflix.
Chappelle, 48, and the unknown appeared to wrestle on the stage floor during Netflix Is A Joke Fest, before the individual escaped behind a screen onstage. Then the security personnel surrounded the person in the back corner of the platform and dealt with him.
Chappelle seemed to run toward the melee, saying the person was being “trampled.” He repeatedly asked security to remove the person from the stage. While the person was subject to security, Chappelle joked to the audience that the person was a “transgender man.” The comedian has been criticized for his remarks about the transgender community, and there was a backlash last year against his hour-long Netflix special “The Closer,” in which he said “sex is real.”
A video circulated online and verified by ABC News showed the chaotic scene outside the Hollywood Bowl after the show, as police and paramedics load a person into an ambulance. The incident occurred at the end of the sixth night of the 11-day Netflix Is A Joke Fest, which runs through May 8 and features more than 130 artists at various venues across Los Angeles.
Comedian Chris Rock, who performed earlier in the night, took to the stage with Chappelle moments after the attack and joked, “Was that Will Smith?”
Last month at the 94th Academy Awards, actor Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Rock in the face after the comedian mocked Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during his presentation for Best Documentary Feature. Since then, it has become the Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forbidden Smith from attending any academic event or program, including the Academy Awards, for 10 years.
Alice Chambers contributed to this report on ABC News.
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