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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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196.

brownbarbeee    

Cocaine is a helluva drug

1572 days ago
197.

Sue P.    

A family member was with David yesterday at a gathering. He was completely himself. We love him and this is his home. He is very special to us here. If all the insults and lies people have told about him are heaped on others who become famous, no wonder so many people are destroyed.

And, TMZ?
Why do you allow clearly racist comments to be published here?

1572 days ago
198.

Sally    

A family member was with David yesterday at a gathering. He was completely himself. We love him and this is his home. He is very special to us here. If all the insults and lies people have told about him are heaped on others who become famous, no wonder so many people are destroyed.

And, TMZ?
Why do you allow clearly racist comments to be published here?

What a bunch of enabler garbage. I'm sure the pilot had to fill out an incident report about what STONED Chappelle did, and I'm sure it's a public do***ent that the media can publish. Let the truth ring out about the man!

1572 days ago
199.

Mohammed Ali    

To call Chappelle is dismissive. He is a VERY intelligent man. A crazy man cannot create one of the GREATEST shows Comedy Central had or walk away from 50M. He just doesn't value money over quality of life.

Think about it people, TMZ needs ratings and using the Dave is crazy angle makes you read this article. Ask yourself one question. Would you still be excited to read this article if it wasnt so dramatic?

Stop wasting your time reading BS exaggerated drama. What happened? No one cares about Bat Boy and Big Foot anymore?

1571 days ago
200.

Sally    

This guy is just another hypocrite, who tries to cover up his own actions, while he pokes fun of everyone else. Do as I say, not as I do, says hypocrite Chappelle. The public is sick of phony hypocrites, hiding behind their PATHETIC PR people and excuses for their drug addiction like Chappelle and Hasslehoff put out.

1571 days ago
201.

ken    

Cocains a hell-of-a DRUG!!!

1571 days ago
202.

Lover+Hater=ME!    

He is going on my Celeb-Death pool...NEXT!

1571 days ago
203.

Trisha    

Why does anyone even care about this has been. He was over sooo long ago. I think he needs to stay away from those drugs and clean up his act. Most of these celebrity types feel they should be above everyone else on the planet. What idiot goes up to a pilot and pulls on his arm when he's trying to fly the plane?? Didn't like him back when he was popular and don't like him now.

1571 days ago
204.

anon    

i smoke rocks!

1571 days ago
205.

Guest    

Maybe he's developing the beginnings of schizophrenia. Seriously. That would be sad.

1571 days ago
206.

neversellout    

"the worse thing you can call someone is crazy. its dismissive. oh i dont understand this person so their crazy. thats bull****. these people are not crazy. maybe their enviornment is a little sick" - Dave Chappelle on Inside the actors studion speaking on the medias attack on celebrities such as himself, Martin Lawrence, and Mariah Carey. This man exposed the industry for the beast it is, and because of that Hollywood has continued to try and destroy him.

1571 days ago
207.

Migliashiite    

Dave probably saw the pilot getting ****ed up on alcohol and drugs before the flight and protested, as he should. Boarding a plane really is borderline life/death these days, lots of angry and bitter employees in that industry (pretty tough job considering pay).

1571 days ago
208.

emerald    

#210 Why does tmz permit racist views to be shown? Mainly because the US has a freedom of speech law that means a racist can organise a parade through ethnic neighbourhoods spilling their poison throughout!! No one color has the right to air their views in public and sadly racists on all sides take advantge to stir up more ill feeling!! tmz is a US site - answer to your question!
I'm amazed this story got over 200 responses though lol!! Dave Chappelle's p.r team are loving it lol!!

1571 days ago
209.

texangirl64    

Well, I'm wondering what kind of restroom did he need anyway?
Remember a few years back he had some issues and left a 5 million contract and people found him in Africa.. He suffers from serious Drug issues or depression, both or something is seriously wrong.

#3 Not sure TMZ is twisting anything on this..

1571 days ago
210.

jenn    

wow!!!! poor guy he had jet poop, he should have just poop in a bag and toss it out the window...lol

1571 days ago
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