A few years ago, Dave Chappelle was in the headlines when an event goer would throw a banana peel at him during a performance. The man, later identified as Christian Englander would end up being arrested for the incident. Now according to a new report out of New Mexico, Englander is suing Dave and his alleged bodyguard for the moments that followed him being removed from the 2015 show. Englander claims he was assaulted by a member of Chappelle’s security team.
In the lawsuit, he claims he suffered various damages as a result of the alleged assault, including unspecified nonmedical expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income and earning capacity and “loss of enjoyment of life.” He is seeking punitive and other damages from Chappelle “in such amount as may be found appropriate.” The alleged assault, which hadn’t been publicly reported by Englander until he filed his suit, is the latest twist in the years-old incident that generated national and international headlines, as well as local discussions about race and racism. And Chappelle, known for incisive social commentary, kicked off his Netflix comedy specials last year with a story about what he called “banana-gate.” Englander, who is white, claimed he had no racial motive in mind when he threw the banana peel at Chappelle, who is black.