Dave Chappelle Hollywood Bowl assault: Comic Tehran Von Ghasri claims ‘safety dismissed’ his ‘concern’

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Dave Chappelle Hollywood Bowl attack: Comedian Tehran Von Ghasri claims ‘security dismissed’ his ‘concern'

2022-05-05 15:51:16

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Comic Tehran Von Ghasri was one of many many ticket holders who have been in attendance when Dave Chappelle was attacked Tuesday night – and now he is sharing what he noticed as a festival-goer.

In line with Von Ghasri, he claims that safety “dismissed” his “concern.”

“On the Dave Chappelle present, I used to be merely a fan,” Von Ghasri, who’s a staple at Los Angeles’ Chortle Manufacturing facility, shared with Fox Information Digital. “I used to be within the viewers within the pool part, which is the closest part to the stage which you can presumably be. It was meant for VIP, trade and movie star visitors, and I used to be lucky sufficient to be part of that choice. 

“And as an individual watching this present – this phenomenal present, Jeff Ross because the host, Jimmy Carr, Earthquake, Jon Stewart, then the shock visitor, Chris Rock, the Jabbawockeez carried out. After which Dave Chappelle gave an incredible efficiency, and it was simply so fantastic. Such a incredible, lovely evening,” he recalled.

Von Ghasri shared that Chappelle was wrapping up his present, nearly to introduce the hip-hop group Mos Def and Talib Kweli, who sing “Black Star,” when he noticed a person “bounce the barrier” and claimed he appeared “suspicious.”

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“I see that there’s a younger particular person, a younger man walks up with intent, slides over the barrier that separates the pool space, which is the closest space to the again space, slides over that barrier inside three toes of me,” the comic shared. “I flip to the particular person to my left and I expressed, ‘That is very suspicious.’ He agrees and says, ‘That may be very sketch.'”

Von Ghasri continued: “Because the particular person jumps over the barrier, he then walks on to the stage entrance with intent. And due to that, I did my finest to alert the safety guard who was instantly behind us and expressed with concern, ‘This particular person jumped over the barrier. This particular person walked to the entrance, We must always do one thing. Alert anyone.'”

Comic Tehran Von Ghasri was one of many many ticket holders who have been in attendance when Dave Chappelle was attacked Tuesday night – and now he is sharing what he noticed as a festival-goer.
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He then goes on to offer the present’s safety the advantage of the doubt, claiming that because it was the top of Chappelle’s present, and “there was a lot occurring,” he believes the safety “didn’t have time”. 

“Not less than preserve your eye on them,” Von Ghasri stated to the safety. He alleged, “to which, to be trustworthy, the safety dismissed my concern,”

Fox Information has reached out to the LA Phil, which operates The Hollywood Bowl, for remark.

“Inside 30 seconds of all this, the assailant leaps over the barrier to get on the stage, runs aggressively towards Dave Chappelle, and knocks proper into him,” he continued.  “Now, if it wasn’t for his personal clumsiness and Dave Chappelle’s private power – he is been figuring out – I believe it may have been a lot, a lot worse. This particular person, clearly – it was premeditated. It was pre-orchestrated and it was organized.”

“This was an assault on Dave Chappelle, which is an assault on comedy, which is an assault on all comedians, and to be trustworthy, is an assault on freedom of speech,” Von Ghasri continued. “As a result of what else is liberty however the correct to say issues that folks don’t or might not need to hear? And that is what makes comedy so superb.”

Dave Chappelle attends the opening night party presented by "Netflix Is a Joke: on April 28, 2022, in Hollywood, California. 

Dave Chappelle attends the opening evening social gathering introduced by “Netflix Is a Joke: on April 28, 2022, in Hollywood, California. 
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Von Ghasri then shared that he was capable of discuss to Chappelle after the assault and “thank him for what he did as a comic”. 

I spoke to Dave myself,” he started. “I thanked him for what he did as a comic. I shook his hand and instructed him he is a ‘G’ for going by way of what he did and brushing it off prefer it was nothing and was simply glad that he was protected. And the very last thing I instructed him was, he is such a greater particular person than I’m as a result of he was nonetheless being so compassionate and sort.”

The comic shared that “everyone was there,” together with Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes, and within the background have been stars corresponding to P. Diddy, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

“Rihanna walked to the again with ASAP Rocky, in order that they walked into the again. And that is earlier than the assault occurred,” he stated. 

Von Ghasri shared that he was able to talk to Chappelle after the attack and "thank him for what he did as a comedian". 

Von Ghasri shared that he was capable of discuss to Chappelle after the assault and “thank him for what he did as a comic”. 
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When Von Ghasri was requested what does this imply for the way forward for comedy, he responded, “For the way forward for comedy within the panorama? This doesn’t change something as a result of that is what comedians are.

“That is who we’re as folks. We’re fearless. We are saying the issues whether or not the viewers must or needs to listen to it or not. We are the heroes that you simply want, not those you at all times deserve. And to be very trustworthy, as comedians, we have gotten more and more extra afraid of hecklers approaching stage. That is changing into a way more frequent prevalence, and particularly at locations just like the Chortle Manufacturing facility.”

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He continued: “The stage is a protected place and a protected area not just for the comedians, however for the viewers as nicely. So an assault on one comic is an assault on comedy as an entire. And as anybody is aware of, each time a tyrant or a dictator is available in, comedy is so necessary that the comedians are the primary group of individuals they try to silence. Don’t silence the comedians. Shield our comedians. Shield our First Modification rights.”

Whereas some comedians have taken to Twitter to level the proverbial finger at Will Smith, Von Ghasri doesn’t consider that Smith is in charge for the violent act on the comedy present.

In March, Smith approached the stage and slapped Chris Rock on the Oscars after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Pinkett Smith has been open about her wrestle with alopecia. 

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“I do not consider that Will Smith began a precedent. I believe Will Smith was a part of a symptom,” he stated. “And simply since you are offended doesn’t suggest you are proper. However simply since you’re offensive doesn’t suggest you are humorous. The superb line in between, that is the place nice comedy lays and that is the place all of the comedians that I do know need to be.”

Fox Information’ Larry Fink contributed to this report

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