Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked while performing on stage on Tuesday during a stage performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Social media clips showed a man running onto stage and lunging at Mr Chappelle at the “Netflix Is A Joke” festival as he headlined the event.
The stand-up comedian was unharmed after returning to the stage and making light of the controversy, suggesting to the audience that the attacker “was a trans man”.
Fellow comic Chris Rock who was slapped on stage by another actor/comic, Will Smith at the Oscars in March came on stage with Chappelle.
The 48-year-old could be seen thanking his famous friends for helping out, saying: “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.”
Chappelle joked: “I’ve been doing this 35 years. I just stomped a [person] backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
A spokeswoman for the Hollywood Bowl said an investigation has been launched into the incident.
Chappelle faced criticism and protests last year when his Netflix special was accused of being transphobic.
In October 2021, there was protested outside Netflix’s headquarters over the airing of a comedy special by Chappelle, which they said was transphobic.
They had objected to The Closer, in which he said “gender is a fact” and that LGBT people were “too sensitive”.
Chappelle later hit back at those who he said wanted to “cancel” him. “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience,” he said. “But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”
Dave Chapelle was rushed & attacked on stage by a man at the Hollywood Bowl. Chapelle tussled w/ the man, who ran behind the screen on stage & was surrounded by security. Chris Rock, who performed earlier, came on stage w/ him & joked: “Was that Will Smith?” #netflixisajokefest
— Stephanie Wash (@WashNews) May 4, 2022