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Dave Chappelle

Deemed 'Safety Risk'

on Private Jet

7/4/2010 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A private jet carrying comedian Dave Chappelle made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh last night because the pilot couldn't handle Chappelle's erratic behavior, TMZ has learned.

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A source extremely familiar with the incident tells TMZ Chappelle boarded a private jet in New Jersey last night bound for Ohio -- where the actor lives.

During the flight, we're told Dave "freaked out" and refused to put his seat belt on. Then -- according to sources -- Dave repeatedly walked into the cockpit, asking how much longer the flight would be, and started grabbing the pilot's arms.

Sources say the pilot determined Chappelle was a safety risk and diverted the plane to Pittsburgh.

We're told Chappelle then checked into a nearby hotel for the night. Sources at the hotel tell us Dave has been telling hotel employees he wanted to rent a car to drive back to Ohio ... only he couldn't remember where he lived.

Chappelle was spotted wandering out of the hotel early this morning.

A rep for Chappelle explains the incident to TMZ by saying Dave really needed to use the restroom -- he ate something that didn't sit well -- and the bathroom on the plane was "not the kind he needed."

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166.

Butthole    

He "ate" something that didn't sit well? Hmmm - mushrooms perhaps? They might make me wonder how much longer I am going to be in flight, need a bathroom larger than the ones on airplanes and not remember where I live.

1572 days ago
167.

emerald    

#121 He couldn't go without his lux potty with "WashNBlowdry" while listening to his fav music ? ROFLOL at that one babe, thanks for my first decent laugh of day lol!!
What is it with everyone say it out loud now ****pit lol!!

1572 days ago
168.

emerald    

Aaah, TMZ you have got to be nuts censoring a word that is quite innoccent like ****pit - what do you feel about penis?

1572 days ago
169.

Brenda    

Cocaine's a hell of a drug, hahaha!

1572 days ago
170.

MsPity    

AHAHAHAHAHHHHHH!!! CHAPPELLE HAD SYMPTOMS OF WITHDRAWL...HE BECAME DISORIENTED COS THE "CHRONIC" WAS WEARING OFF...
THIS A NICE SCRIPT FOR CHAPPELLE SHOW...AHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAH!!!!!!!!!

1572 days ago
171.

nikka    

i think chapelle was just high.thats wat u call sum exotic.

1571 days ago
172.

Sue    

He was on a private Jet, he owns or one he rented. He paid for those pilots to fly him and probably thought he could enter the ****pit. A lot people become emotional when they fly, especially while taking anti-anxiety meds. I had a friend that was on depression meds and completely flipped out on a plane. Show some grace to Chapelle. TMZ thanks to you, Chapelle will never come out of hiding, he will completely disappear from the public. Really hate TMZ now!!!!!

1571 days ago
173.

david Broham    

We need a Dave Chapell reality show !!

1571 days ago
174.

STORMIE    

IT IS NO SECRET THAT DAVE IS NOT PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK.

I DOUBT THAT "WEED" COULD EVEN GET HIM HIGH AT THIS POINT.

FOR DAVE, ANOTHER ONE, HE'S OFF-THE-SCRIPT.

1571 days ago
175.

drugfree    

Dave,

If this is all true, just come back home to YSPGS. Greene Hall is right down the road and they helped me, if it's drugs/alcohol giving you issues. There are a lot of recovering people in SW Ohio who don't want to leech off you, but you probably already know that.
You missed a great Fireworks display tonight. I hope you will feel better very soon. I know it's rough being under the microscope.

1571 days ago
176.

Alois Brunner    

First as David Chappelle is black and loves to utilize the color of his skin as a weapon and a foil in his previous incidents, I think it will probably brought up shortly. To that aspect of the instant matter I ask and say, please give that a break for once in a lifetime.

Second, The pilot felt uncomfortable and unsafe and got the guy of the plane case closed. If it was not of concern to TSA then its a non-issue drop it.

Third, David Chappelle has not had a lot of press lately and now he has some, bravo. Now lets turn it up a notch and give Lady Gaga or Madonna a call, or Oprah, and come up with some type of incident that provides sustained controversial coverage for you but does not make you look like a master fisherman's assistant, ( the one who baits the line)

1571 days ago
177.

Res    

Hmmm, sounds like he had the runs.

1571 days ago
178.

Robert    

Dave said that's how it starts. They make you look crazy. They accuse you of being on drugs like they already have when he left to Africa. Don't be surprised if Dave ends up dead folks. Pay attention.

1571 days ago
179.

honesty    

Someone must love this guy enough to make sure he gets quality help.

1571 days ago
180.

leisa    

Dave maybe on drugs or it could be lack of drugs. I personally think he may have a mental problem. So his parents are educated, this does not stop mental issues. Not all black people smoke crack! I had plently of rich friends (white and black) in the Marin, Ca. area who would go to the projects to buy crack if the high class drug dealers could not be found. Although this was in the eighties. I do not hink things have changed.

The stupid excuse came from a person who this man pays a salary, get a new person Dave. NOW.

The person who is from the car rental agency seems to want people to think he/she has all the answers. Unless your a medical professional you do not.

Anyone who blow 5o million dollars is not a moran, they most likely have issues.

TMZ has become a place for low life white people and black people to shout their racist remarks. YOu hide behind a screen to type about people you not know. Money does not bring everything bright and sunny into someone life. The young people of Hollywood are pimped out and left to rot when they grow up. We do not allow them space because they owe us their soul if they become rich or famous.

It would be nice to be able to follow some of these posters around for a few days and tell the world what we uncovered about their private lives. Just because most of us do not have any real talent that people would pay for does not mean we need to hanag the ones that do.

Dave get help. I hope you find your way home.

1571 days ago
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