The shock attack on comedian Dave Chappelle during a live show has laid bare “how f**ked up Hollywood is”, according to radio icon Howard Stern.
In a rant on his show, the host has called out the blatant double standard revealed by the starkly different treatment handed out to Will Smith, who assaulted comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, and Chappelle’s alleged attacker.
“This guy jumped up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle,” he said on The Howard Stern Show.
“As soon as that happened, did they let him go back to his seat and laugh and sit next to his wife and then give them an award? No! They took him backstage, they broke his arms and hands so bad.”
“They f***ing beat the s**t out of him.”
Footage shared online showed a man in a black hoodie rushing the Hollywood Bowl stage and pushing the comic before being stopped by security guards and members of the star’s team as he attempted to flee.
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The man allegedly behind the attack, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon but not before he was carted away from the back of the venue strapped to an ambulance gurney bleeding and bruised and with an obviously injured arm, twisted at an unnatural angle.
“Unlike the Academy Awards, Jamie Foxx came running out on stage and helped Dave Chappelle,” Stern said.
“At the Academy Awards, everyone came over and consoled Will Smith — because it was live television and Hollywood didn’t know what to do about Will Smith,” Stern said.
“The audience at the Oscars gave Will Smith a standing ovation after the attack, that’s the truth. It’s on film, it’s not fake news. They didn’t break Will’s hands, they shook them and it’s wrong.”
Chappelle was tackled to the ground as he performed as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles. Lee is being held in custody on a $30,000 bond in connection with the incident.
A police spokesperson confirmed Lee had “a replica handgun with a knife” describing it as a “replica handgun-slash-knife”, but neither Chappelle or law enforcement officers were injured.
Lee was listed at 178cm and 64kg. An address given for him matched that of an LA homeless shelter.
Moments after the attack Chris Rock, who was also on stage at the time, jokingly asking if the alleged attacker was Will Smith.
Chappelle later told the crowd: “I grabbed the back of that n***** head, his hair was spongy, absorbent.”
While Foxx, who had also rushed to help his pal, added: “Listen, I just want to say I’ve had an incredible time. This guy is a genius, we’ve got to protect him at all times, man. This is what it’s about.
“For every comedian that comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius, you’re a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly and we’re not gonna let nothing happen to you.”
In another short clip seemingly taken after the incident, the Chappelle appears to joke that the alleged attacker was a “trans man”.
The comedian previously faced a lot of backlash with fans accusing him of making transphobic comments in his 2021 Netflix special The Closer.
He later posted on Instagram and explained while he was willing to discuss the show with members of the transgender community, he wouldn’t be “bending to anybody’s demands”.
He said at the time: “To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience.
“But you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands.”
He added: “If they had invited me I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we are speaking about.
“I said what I said and boy I heard what you said. My god, how could I not?”
— with Bang Showbiz