Dave Chappelle publishes a statement about the “disturbing” attack on stage

A representative of Dave Chappelle issued a statement addressed to aggression on stage of the comedian Tuesday night while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show,” Chappelle’s representative Carla Sims said in a statement. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the latest and introduced musical guests for the evening.”

The comedian is “cooperating fully with the active police investigation,” the statement said.

Chappelle was performing at the “Netflix Is A Joke” festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday when an attacker leapt onto the stage and tackled him to the ground. The assailant produced what was later discovered to be a replica of a pistol containing a knife blade and pointed it at Chappelle, police said. Hollywood Bowl security officers intervened and arrested the man.

The suspect in the attack, Isaiah Lee, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release.

“We care deeply about the safety of creators and strongly advocate the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a spokesperson for Netflix he told CNN in a statement.