Mayor Eric Adams saw Dave Chappelle after the “horrible” onstage attack on the comedian in Los Angeles, according to a report and a City Hall representative.
Adams had the encounter during his two-day trip to Los Angeles, where he participated in an hour-long “digital transformation” panel organized by the Milken Institute a day after Chappelle was attacked at the Hollywood Bowl by a gunman. with a fake gun. gun with a real knife inside.
Adams said the viral incident at the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival is indicative of “some of the mental health crises we face,” calling it “unbelievable,” according to NBC New York.
“Violence is unacceptable. Thank God there was a response to make sure he wasn’t seriously hurt,” the mayor said. “It was horrible for someone to come on stage and attack like that.”
The station reported that Adams recalled Chappelle “telling jokes” later that night when she saw him at an after-show event.
“I was just cracking jokes, you know Dave,” Adams said, according to NBC.
“The mayor was pleased to see that Dave Chappelle appeared well at a mutually attended private event,” a City Council spokesperson told The Post. “He made the comments to the NBC reporter at a separate event celebrating the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.”
On Tuesday night, the comedian also celebrated at a VIP after party at the Pendry West Hollywood hotel where he was “having a great time,” Page Six exclusively reported.
After the attack, Chappelle joked that his attacker was a “trans man”, an apparent reference to his various controversial statements on transgender issues and a joke for which he was criticized online. A representative for Chappelle said the comedian won’t let the stage ambush “dull the magic of this historic moment” of the four-night entertainment event.
Chappelle wasn’t the only one cracking jokes after the bizarre incident.
Moments after Thursday night’s entrance, comedy guest Chris Rock took the stage and gave Chappelle a hug before joking, “Was that Will Smith?” in reference to his famous Oscars slap.
On Wednesday, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon in the attack on the controversial 48-year-old comedian. His former neighbors told The Post that Lee had a short temper and was known for wreaking havoc in his apartment complex.
Lee is also an aspiring rap star who performs under the name “NoName_Trapper” and has released a song named after Chappelle.
Wednesday was not the first time Adams has weighed in on a public attack on a comedian.
After initially refusing to answer questions about Smith’s open-handed Rock hit during the 94th Academy Awards in March, the former NYPD captain, tough on crime, said Smith shouldn’t be judged too harshly for his actions when he couldn’t control his “passion,” and that the “King Richard” actor shouldn’t be forced to return the Best Actor award he won.