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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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76.

djozzyo    

and here's c h a p p l l e!!!!!!!!!! stay tuned for another of his wakky shows.well be right back.

1516 days ago
77.

Costas    

TMZ is full of CRAP!!! They twist the stories out of place!!!

1516 days ago
78.

gutsygirl    

He needs to stop by the Hill District while he's in Pittsburgh. They'll fix him right up.

1516 days ago
79.

Sally    

That rep's "explanation" was so bad, he should work for David Hasselhoff the next time he's in detox. These enablers that work for celebs are part of what's killing them. Chappelle's a drugs addict, pure and simple.

1516 days ago
80.

Kim Carter    

KIM CARTER HERE!

HAHAHAHA DAVE WENT CRAZY ON A PLANE!!

HE'S A NUT CASE ANYWAYS!

1516 days ago
81.

lou    

Yeah I'm sure he needed to use the restroom but not to relieve himself.

1516 days ago
82.

SNAFU    

If he was a flight risk, why wasn't he arrested? A private plane shouldn't matter.

1516 days ago
83.

Mee    

Maybe the toilet was plugged.

Anyone else would gave been arrested.

What kind of toilets does he usually have on his rides?

1516 days ago
84.

Dee    

He walks away from 50 million - just disappears. Now he's freaking out on airplanes? What is wrong with this dude?
Who in their right mind would enter the ****pit and grab a pilot's arm? Davey boy needs a psych evaluation, NOW!

1516 days ago
85.

ClaytonBigsby    

Oh oh, the guy is suffering a nervous breakdown. Maybe he was crazy after all when he ran away to Africa. Remember the way he talked about Mariah Carey's breakdown. This could be it for him. Hope he gets better.

1516 days ago
86.

gump    

The most hilarious part is that "Mud-butt" is his excuse -- straight from his old skits!

1516 days ago
87.

Bongo Jimmy    

It wasnt Dave It was Tyrone Biggums!! He smokes rocks!

1516 days ago
88.

Mee    

The toilet could have been plugged

Anyone else would have been arrested
Hope it's not a matter of time for him, now

1516 days ago
89.

Mee    

Unless the toilet was plugged?

A normal person would have been arrested for this.
Hope its not a "matter of time" for him now

1516 days ago
90.

dd    

I believe he was having an episode before they put him on the private plane, he could fly first class noone would bother him. The ****pit should have been locked.

1516 days ago
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