Rock, who performed a set earlier in the night, of course was infamously slapped onstage by Smith after joking about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head during the Oscars in March. Smith was banned from the ceremony for 10 years.
The shaken Chappelle still tried to entertain after the frightening incident, saying that the assailant was a “trans man,” ABC News noted. Chappelle received backlash for transgender jokes in a Netflix special in which he stated that “gender is a fact.”
In another light moment afterward, Chappelle said. “I thought that was part of the show. … I grabbed the back of that n****’s head. His hair was spongy, absorbent.”
The suspect was seen being loaded into an ambulance outside the venue.