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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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61.

RickJames    

Cocaine's a helluva drug!

1517 days ago
62.

Glenda     

That reps explanation was pure bull****.

Sounds like he was on something. The pilot was right to refuse to fly him anywhere.

Man needs help and always has. It's not the first time we have heard him go nuts.

1517 days ago
63.

Tired of toxomom    

The bathroom wasn't the kind he needed? WTF? Will only a gold plated one do?

1517 days ago
64.

mckeegs104    

He was alone and this is absolutely 100% true..i was the 1st person he spoke to and he came back several times to me. I work at one of the car rentals in the airport. Have all the details but this is all im saying.

1517 days ago
65.

lawntamersinc    

Why wasn't he arrested?

1517 days ago
66.

mckeegs104    

He wasn't doing anything worthy of getting arrested for.

1517 days ago
67.

Glenda     

TMZ your ridiculous with the astrids in the words we chose to use. Since when is cir***stance offensive ? Is it the *** part of it that offends others ?

Your getting too political with your comment section.

1517 days ago
68.

Yo Mamma    

Chappelle is obviously nuts. First he walked away from his mega deal, then he disappeared, now this! NUTS!!!

1517 days ago
69.

Abe    

I just want to know one thing......

What does Mel Gibson think about all of this?

x

1517 days ago
70.

john     

he need to get high and i know why??? go here http://moneymoney20000.blogspot.com/

1517 days ago
71.

james    

He has a movie coming out. Can you say 'fake press noise' ?

1517 days ago
72.

Adam    

It's a saving grace, I suppose, that these representatives maintain faceless identities. I don't know how else an adult professional can make a living out of making formal statements like: my client ate some bad fish and "the bathroom on the plane was "not the kind he needed."

1517 days ago
73.

dd    

He has had mental problems for a number of years now, he must have forgotten to take his meds.

1517 days ago
74.

silk    

"the bathroom on the plane was "not the kind he needed."

I wonder what kind of bathroom does he want? I didn't realize there are so many kind of bathrooms until now. Obviously, he was high on something, whatever it is.

1517 days ago
75.

Marty    

EEEWWWWW! Airplane toilets? I hate to sit on those damn things.
Maybe my arse is big but still it aint that big. My bare arse touches everything on a planes toilet.

1517 days ago
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