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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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91.

justadude    

it sounds like he had diarrhea! it's happened to all of us. if the proper facilities aren't available, it makes everyone panic and act crazy! give the poor guy a break.

1519 days ago
92.

Usureaboutthat    

He's a safety risk on earth and now in the air. Wonder if he's going scuba diving anytime soon.

1519 days ago
93.

fredsdead    

HE'S ACTING LIKE RICK JAMES, DAMMIT!

tsk

1519 days ago
94.

Sad sad    

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."

What? Did it have a toilet? Wtf? Who could even release that statement thinking yes that's a reasonable explanation? At first read I was thinking he was having a panic attack.

1519 days ago
95.

bka62223    

David Chappelle acting erratically.... Damn... imagine that!!!!

1519 days ago
96.

meka    

that ***** was high as hell drunk and maybe on a bean or two....lmao

1519 days ago
97.

Lisa    

Forget worrying about snakes on a plane, worry about the nwords on the plane, must more dangerous!

1519 days ago
98.

tom slick    

heavens to murgatroyd" somebody got **** for brains

1519 days ago
99.

big joe    

drugs LOLOLOLL

role model what a joke

1519 days ago
100.

Sally    

All these losers, Jacko, Whitney, Lohan, Chapelle. Quit feeling sorry for them. They all knew better, and refused to get help. Chappelle's parents are college professors. He damn well knew better from his parents than the choices he's made. He's a sorry crackhead now of LONG STANDING. He made that choice.

1519 days ago
101.

mike barns    

Not the pointy mushrooms, was it ?

1519 days ago
102.

jack    

sounds like the ugly dumb nut needed to take a huge big dump-so big that the weight of the dump would not fit the toilet on the plane-sounds like the fudge was packed in so tightly that he had 5 or 6 huge turds to disposs off-thick with his digestion after having eaten so much-

1519 days ago
103.

dd    

@102 Lisa try reading what you write before insulting someone..it just makes you look that much more stupid.

1519 days ago
104.

2drk2fck    

Hes Rick James Bitch!

1519 days ago
105.

emerald    

ROFLOL at the excuse the john wasn't the type he needed lol!! If you're that desperate you'll use anything (even women have been known to flee to the gents y'know lol!) but grabbing the pilot's arms wasn't going to get him a toilet any quicker!! Since the hotel staff say he wanted to hire a car to drive home but said he couldn't remember where he lived, you've got to figure the guy was on something that was making him freak out lol!!

1519 days ago
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