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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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damienevil    

of course he was yelling do you wanna go while behind two bodyguards..easy to see what side tmz is on...he was "blindsided" by a question..oh my...a question!!....and i thought tmz saying project x being destined to be a classic was lame

772 days ago
17.

JJ    

The guy uses his celebrity status to diss the TP, then wont stand up for his own words? You gonna talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk. Grow a pair.

772 days ago
18.

Frankthepotatoman    

A potato makes a good pipe.

772 days ago
19.

mike    

I'm pretty certain that warrants an arrest. Belonging to the 1% doesn't give you carte blanche to destroy property that isn't yours.

772 days ago
20.

Jules    

A woman was holding the camera. Great reporting, TMZ. Rock was an ass....

772 days ago
21.

VictorD    

Everybody hates Chris!

772 days ago
22.

Keyser Söze    

Here's the thing: if you ask questions to a star, and said star just want to walk away from you, and let him, that's about it. If the star goes up on you for no reason, you have every right to bitch about it (hello Russell!) But, if you tried to corner him into forcing him to answer your questions... all bets are off, and he or she has every right to go bat-sh*t crazy on your ass.
If I were Rock, I would have done the same damn thing.

772 days ago
23.

campy    

Damn dawg! You kinda violent!

772 days ago
24.

Matt    

Chris was nice enough to take a pic with the guy and he pulled the bait and switch. I would have done the same thing. Good for you CR!!

772 days ago
25.

Karla    

How was it thee fault of the person with the camera that he could not walk away?????? Is that reason to grab a camera....I could care less what the topic is but if you dish it out you should be able to take it........

772 days ago
26.

obama'saracist    

chris rock I will boycott you because you are a violent racist spreading hate.you hate the tea party because they are mostly white and your a racist,imo

772 days ago
27.

CriticAl    

What do racists do? Make negative generalizations about an entire group of people. That's exactly what Rock did to the TP. It's ignorant and intellectually lazy.

772 days ago
28.

Kabala    

I don't blame him really.

772 days ago
29.

Bryon    

Unfortunately Chris just helped the whackjobs over at Fox News. After Foxediting, it will be on every hour as proof of "the violent liberals attacking freedom"

772 days ago
30.

Ih8Taxes    

Typical liberal response. Truth hurts, don't it. Romney 2012!

772 days ago
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