Dave Chappelle was physically attacked in the middle of his performance in LA

Dave Chappelle was apparently unharmed after an audience member rushed the stage and physically attacked the comedian in the middle of his performance in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

Security staff chased the attacker until they detained him off stage at the Hollywood Bowl

The attacker was later escorted from the venue on a stretcher and appeared to have injuries to his arm and face.

The comedian appeared to lose his composure momentarily, and later joked: "That was a trans man,"

a call back to earlier words in his set that suggested he felt attacked by transgender people, and past material that has been criticized as transphobic.

At one point, Chappelle disappeared from view to locate the attacker. When he returned, he said,

"I've been doing this 35 years. I just stomped a [n-word] backstage — always wanted to do that," appearing to refer to his assailant.

In October, Chappelle faced controversy over his 2021 Netflix special The Closer. In the special