New Mexico Man Arrested After Throwing Banana Peel at Comedian Dave Chappelle
Christian Englander, of Santa Fe, was arrested last night after he threw a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle said it was racist attack.
A man tossed a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a standup show, hitting in the comedian in the leg, police in this northern New Mexico city say.
Christian Englander, 30, of Santa Fe, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery after the fruit throw Monday night, Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said.
Englander acknowledged throwing a peel from a banana he had eaten earlier because he took offense to jokes Chappelle made about his companion, Dobyns said.
The friend reportedly was drawing in a sketchbook during the show when Chappelle noticed and asked the man his name, which he gave as “Johnny Appleseed,” Dobyns said.
Chappelle then made jokes about the moniker, the police spokeswoman said, “so that’s when Englander got upset.”
Arresting officers said Englander appeared to be intoxicated after event security escorted him outside.
Englander was in jail Tuesday, and Dobyns said she didn’t know whether Englander has an attorney to speak on his behalf.