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Chris Rock

ATTACKS Camera

Over Tea Party Question

3/14/2012 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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0_v26j4l22_0_vjma3q0xChris Rock
violently attacked a journalist's camera in January -- after the guy tried to trap Rock with a question about the comedian's controversial stance on the Tea Party -- and the intense footage has just surfaced.

In case you didn't know -- Rock went OFF on the TP last year in an Esquire interview, claiming, "When I see the Tea Party and all this stuff, it actually feels like racism’s almost over. Because this is the last -- this is the act up before the sleep. They’re going crazy. They’re insane."

So conservative writer Jason Mattera decided to question Rock about his opinion at the Sundance Film Festival in January -- blindsiding Rock with a TP question ... asking, "When you said the Tea Party was insane and racist ..."

But before he could finish his question, Rock tried to walk away. When he discovered his path was blocked by other people, Rock turned around and grabbed Mattera's camera and wrestled it to the ground.

A rep for Chris says the actor's attorney is looking into the video.

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Clovis    

Wow Chris way to dish it out and then not be able to take s---. I USED to be a fan. back up what you say you 98lb baby.

867 days ago
2.

Mel    

When you make false accusations in public...you should be asked to prove it...in public. No trap here. Nice wording in the article.."trap", "blindside"...oh brother. If his cajones are big enough to make remarks like that, then he should be a big boy and answer the questions like an adult.

867 days ago
3.

Tim    

Look at the afro on him....hahahahaha. He looks hopped up on tea.

867 days ago
4.

Ben    

Wtf would he know about racism? Sick and tired of this lame excuse that doesn't even apply with the TP or by today's standards.

867 days ago
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manbearpig    

i remember a "comedy" routine from mr. rock.
he once talked about how angry he got when he saw an attractive black woman with a white guy. he was saying things like what does it take to get with you?
he mentioned he didn't care if she was ugly but if she was hot- then it made him mad.
now lets see here- if a white comedian or of any occupation said the same thing, he would be a racist.

chris rock is the racist.

867 days ago
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Scott Levy    

Wow, what a coward. Atleast stand up for your convictions Chris! What happened to your balls?

867 days ago
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Sultry    

Looks like he sucker questioned Chris. He was minding his own business trying to get out of wherever he was when that guy approached him for a picture. The guy knew full well he was going in for that stupid tea party nonsense. Good for Chris! Don't stick a camera up his face under false pretense. The reporter doing the bait and switch on Chris actually made me uncomfortable BEFORE I watched Chris go for his freakin camera.

867 days ago
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sense    

So he says the tea party are insane and racist in an interview, which they are, you then try to bamboozle him on the spot with a camera in his private time a year later and expect him to stand and give you an interview? Who are you? He's not a politician, he doesn't want your votes, he's fully within his rights to tell the guy to get out of his face.

867 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

yo, you like totally hi-jacked him with your camera! you expect him to be all nice to you n kiss your butt? stupid.

867 days ago
10.

Trevis Miho    

'F' wit the Rock, you gotta deal wit Pooky. Get'um!!

867 days ago
11.

Christina    

The camera person he attacked was a woman according to Breitbart.com

What kind of man would attack a female like that?

867 days ago
12.

PJ    

in that still shot i thought it was chris tucker. guess the all DO look alike

867 days ago
13.

Cindy    

Chris is RIGHT! The Tea Party is insane and racist! They made that clear with their black effigies. Not to mention Santorum who said on camera that he "wanted to stop taking money from whites and giving it to blacks". As though blacks made up the majority of welfare recipients, when in fact WHITES have been the number one welfare recipients since it was created.

867 days ago
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Lori Coyne    

There are a LOT more racists of color than people are willing to admit and I'm not sure why that is. HE is just another example, piece of **** that he is.

867 days ago
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manbearpig    

great to see that little turd get a dose of his own medicine!

867 days ago
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