DAVE CHAPPELLE ATTACKED DURING COMEDY SHOW IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dave Chappelle (shuh-PEHL’) was attacked – but not injured – during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl last night. The comedian was finishing his set when someone ran at him and tried to tackle him. Security guards overpowered the man, dragging him off stage – and Chappelle finished his performance. The man who rushed him was taken away in an ambulance. The Los Angeles Police Department says the 23-year-old man was carrying a fake handgun with a real knife blade inside it. Police say the alleged attacker was treated for an unspecified injury and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Jamie Foxx was in the wings of the Hollywood Bowl and during his curtain call, Chappelle thanked him for responding to the attack. Chris Rock was also there; he jokingly asked if the attacker was Will Smith, who slapped Rock during the Oscars.
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES INCLUDE EMINEM, RICHIE, BENATAR AND DOLLY
UNDATED (AP) – In the end for Dolly Parton, resistance was futile. The country music icon is among those being inducted into the latest class at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She was voted in despite first saying she shouldn’t be considered because there were others more deserving in rock. She later relented after learning she had no say-so in the matter – and that the Hall accepts all genres of music. Others who are getting in prove that. This year’s inductees include Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar. The induction ceremony is set for Nov. 5 in Los Angeles.
AMBER HEARD TESTIFIES IN HER DEFENSE AT JOHNNY DEPP LIBEL TRIAL
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – Amber Heard has told jurors how difficult it has been for her to relive her troubled marriage to Johnny Depp as part of a libel lawsuit he filed against her. Heard took the stand today in the trial’s fourth week. Her testimony comes after a psychologist hired by Heard’s lawyers testified she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from multiple acts of abuse by Depp, including sexual violence. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing Heard in Fairfax, Virginia, over an op-ed she wrote describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article didn’t name Depp, but he says he was defamed because it referred to accusations she raised during their divorce.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA FILLS IN FOR AILING JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mike Birbiglia (bur-BIG’-lee-ah) says it was like being asked by a friend for a ride to the airport – then being asked if he could fly a plane. The comedian says he was on his way to Los Angeles to be a guest on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” – but ended up sitting in for the host while Kimmel recovers from COVID-19. Birbiglia says the best advice he got on hosting on the spur of the moment came from his 7-year-old daughter, who told him the best way to relax was to “pretend everyone in the audience is a dinosaur.” Birbiglia will host the rest of the week.