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Dave Chappelle attacked on stage during live Netflix show

The star was assaulted in front of fans

A man has been charged in the assault of stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle who was the target of a violent attack in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The star was performing at the Netflix Is A Joke event when a man rushed him on stage during his performance. The assailant has been named as Isaiah Lee, 23, and he remains in police custody. 

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Security were forced to intervene and drag the offender away as the stunned crowd watched the live events unfold. Isaiah has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and was carrying a knife and a replica gun. 

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Actor Jamie Foxx was watching the show from the wings and rushed to help Dave during the shock moment. 

Despite the attack, Dave - who came under fire earlier this year for trans jokes during another Netflix show, The Closer - was unharmed and even went on to make a controversial joke immediately after the incident. 

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Chris Rock also seized the opportunity to make light of his own on-stage misfortune, when Will Smith slapped him during the Oscars. 

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Dave thanked Jamie Foxx for rushing on stage to help him 

During his performance later in the evening, he said: "Was that Will Smith?"

Social media was lit on fire with people who viewed the performance at the Hollywood Bowl as they wrote: "Someone just rushed Dave Chappelle," and there were strings of shocked face emojis. 

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Others weren't sure what had happened and wondered if it was some sort of joke. 

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Chris Rock performed after Dave and made reference to being slapped by Will Smith 

Dave thanked Jamie for trying to help him and told the crowd: "Shout out to Jamie Foxx by the way. Whenever you're in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff's hat."

The Ray actor replied: "I thought that was part of the show, I didn't know what the [expletive]," before adding: "For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You're a genius. You're a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we're not going to let nothing happen to you."

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