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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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31.

Joe    

Drugs. Please get help David.

1487 days ago
32.

Abe    

To #38 STD's:

How many private pilots do you know who are black?

Does the word "zero" come to mind.

I've made my point.

x

1487 days ago
33.

Darvon    

*** **** ** *** **** *** ** * *** ******.

1487 days ago
34.

C    

At Chicago's O'Hare airport, I observed him higher than a kite. He was loudly lacing his sentences with the "N" word - to a guy he was with. Interestingly, TMZ, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and all the holier-than-thou black people were no where to be found.

1487 days ago
35.

Simon    

and the hotel didn't have "the kind of bathroom he needed" either?

sounds like he's on his way to stay with MJ.

1487 days ago
36.

WD41    

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug" Dave, if you want to work with just black people, go work at BET. Oh yeah, they don't want to take a risk on you either.

1487 days ago
37.

Jen    

I dont't buy this story one bit. I think the media is making this up to make him look crazy.

1487 days ago
38.

Truth    

DUDE WAS COKED UP!!! NO OTHER EXPLANATION.

1487 days ago
39.

bring back recent posts    

..really, he should have been arrested when they landed, he was lucky pilot chose not to have them there waiting for him, idot

1487 days ago
40.

jackmama311    

talk about a ****ty excuse...

1487 days ago
41.

comment    

Oh that's crazy.

1487 days ago
42.

Big One    


He better get some new media representation because that is the SORRIEST excuse I have ever read defending AIR RAGE.

C'MON.

1487 days ago
43.

Bubba    

"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."
1)Drive back to Ohio??
2)He couldn't remember where he lived?

I have met many people who could not remember where they lived and almost all of them were either too drunk or too high on drugs. Only two people had other issues. One was very retarded (but not dangerous) and had escaped from the insane asylum where he lived, the other one had a medical problem.
Just wondering what could have wrong with Chappelle..........

1487 days ago
44.

Guest    

Dave has been smoking that weed again! He is so crazy!

1487 days ago
45.

Carolyn Baker    

This is sad and his 'people' making dumb excuses is just another wall between him and HELP,,,he needs a will!

1487 days ago
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