Celebrities who have been attacked by fans
Dave Chappelle attacker reveals why he tackled the comedian
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Having fans is a beautiful thing, as crowds’ sheer love and admiration for the talent possessed by others has created entire industries' worth of stars. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers that come with being a highly recognizable celebrity, especially when your presence so deeply affects people that they cross the boundaries of human decency. Indeed, many stars have been victims of stalkers, public humiliation, and even murders.
Comedian Dave Chappelle was assaulted on stage during his set at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3. Footage showed Chappelle doing his set for the Netflix Is A Joke Fest when a man rushed at him and attempted to tackle him. The man, who is said to have had a replica handgun with a retractable knife in it on him, was dragged away by security, and Chappelle recovered his composure. He joked, “It was a trans man,” referring to his ongoing controversy about some of his jokes being construed as transphobic.
The man, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, subsequently did an interview with the New York Post while at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in LA, and claimed he never intended to harm the comedian but was “triggered” by his jokes about the LGBTQ community and homelessness. “I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Lee said. “I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.”
Lee said he grew angry and frustrated the more Chappelle joked about the LGBTQ community, as well as homelessness, as Lee himself was homeless at one point and is now a single dad with a young son. “It’s a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke," he said. Lee added that it didn't help that another comedian in the lineup had made a crude joke about pedophaelia as it dredged up memories of his own molestation as a teen.
Lee said he always carries the weapon on him for protection because as a burgeoning rapper her considers himself a "minor celebrity." He even once made a song about Dave Chappelle. Now he faces four misdemeanor counts, including battery and possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault. Meanwhile, comics fear that these incidents will only become more common ever since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage for making a bad joke.
Check out this gallery to see a wide range of scary instances where some of your favorite stars felt threatened and scared among the people who are supposedly their biggest fans.