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The Netflix Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl saw Dave Chappelle and fellow comedians take to the stage for a comedic performance.
Chris Rock and John Stewart were said to have joined Dave to perform on stage as the audience watched the comedy festival in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The festival took place on May 3 at 7pm in Los Angeles, meaning in the UK it was taking place from 3am – but as the performance came to a close fans were shocked as an incident took place.
ABE news journalist Stephanie Wash tweeted updates online as they wrote: "Dave Chappelle was rushed and attacked on stage by a man at the Hollywood Bowl.
"Chappell tussled with the man, who ran behind the screen on stage and was surrounded by security.
"Chris Rock, who performed earlier, came on stage with him and joked: "Was that Will Smith?" #Netflixisajokefest."
Another festival goer wrote: "Dave Chappelle knows how to handle his business. dude jumped on stage and tackled him but then got jumped by 20 other foos. Wild brawl on stage [sic]."
A third person said: "Seeing Dave Chappelle get attacked by somebody from the audience then seeing the dude get jumped by Dave Chappelle and his crew gotta be the wildest live show I've ever seen.
"Chris Rock even came on stage, embraced Dave, grabbed the mic and said: "Will was that you?!"
Footage sees a person run onto the stage and dive into Chappelle in the middle of his performance.
Once the man was removed from stage, Chappelle joked that it was a "trans man", prompting him to come under fire on Twitter as he didn't know the attacker.
Sharing their thoughts online, one person wrote: "That was a bad joke. Dave used to be my favourite comedian til all this."
Another wrote: "Dave Chappelle got attacked tonight at his show and really f*****g said on the mic right after 'it was a trans man'. Wow. Wow. Wow. F*****g wow."
It comes months after Chappelle discussed the death of his friend, a trans comedian named Daphne Dorman, where the punchline was to misgender her.
At the time he said: "As hard as it is to hear a joke like that, I'm telling you right now – Daphne would have loved that joke."
Outrage has surrounded the comedian since he made the joke prompting a constant stream of backlash.
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