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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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46.

Coco    

LMAO...the bathroom..."not the kind he needed"? How many different kinds are there? Leave David loose in the Hill District, in Pittsburgh! Homeboys will take good care of him!

1391 days ago
47.

Reuben    

Thats bull **** I think the Illuminati is lying and setting him up because he didnt fall for they bull ****

1391 days ago
48.

tony    

to see new season of the chappelle show go to this site http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=25913&promo_id=1

1391 days ago
49.

castle    

Dave has schizophrenia, which is usually controlled with medication. Perhaps he missed a dose or had a breakthrough episode. Its a shame he wont comment publicly as he could help millions who also suffer from mental illness. It should not be a taboo subject...it's a biochemical disorder.
There is a fine line between brilliance and insanity.

1391 days ago
50.

jacquie    

Sorry, don't buy it. If in fact Dave had been acting "eratically" and grabbed the pilot's arm, he'd have been taken immediately to airport security, not headed straight for his hotel.

1391 days ago
51.

jeffy    

the bathroom what? GET OUT OF HERE!!!!!

1391 days ago
52.

amy    

Genius and insanity go hand in hand. I hope he feels better soon, or at least comes down iff whatever he smoked :0)

1391 days ago
53.

Brittney    

Love you Dave! Keep up the madcap!

1391 days ago
54.

mike    

first

1391 days ago
55.

Idiot!    

"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."

The bathroom was "not the kind he needed"? What the f*ck does that mean? He can't poop unless he's 10 feet in the air, hanging upside down?

I need to get a job as a rep; I can make up all sorts of creative lies & get paid for it. Actor is acting mentally bizarre? "Client needs a special kind of bathroom". Drug addicted/alcoholic actor that has to go to rehab? "Client has "exhaustion". Oh yeah, I'd love that job...

1391 days ago
56.

Hunter    

A rep for Chappelle explains the incident to TMZ by saying Dave really needed to use the restroom ... and the bathroom on the plane was 'not the kind he needed.'"


Hmmm....what? it didnt have a nose candy dispensing device for a little treat? OR did the bathroom NOT have a toliet in it???

1391 days ago
57.

JimmyB    

I don't understand why any passenger would have direct access to the pilot; private jet or not. Doesn't make any sense. Should be against regs.

1391 days ago
58.

sarah    

I love the way some of you always say, let's pray for this poor celebrity".
Jesus people, why should we give a crap about some rich, pampered dips**t?
There are actually innocent children starving in our own country, unable to fly on a private jet....

1391 days ago
59.

mandy_Reeves    

I was just watching him on youtube. The episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, where HE interviews James Lipton. I had an eerie feeling that something was gonna happen today to either Chapelle or Lipton. I came on here and saw this headline, my blood ran cold.

1391 days ago
60.

par3princess1999    

Needed to use the restroom.. PUUUUUUHLEEEZE!!! He was high, or was in DT cuz he needed to get high. He really needs help.. he's officially lost it.

1391 days ago
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