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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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46.

TT    

He is racist! I will NEVER watch any movies this turkey makes. RACIST!!!!

930 days ago
47.

TT    

Liberals are small minded douche bags!

930 days ago
48.

Kathy    

Why does Chris Rock think the definition of "racism" only applies to people who are prejudiced against black people. He's the racist and only voted for Obama 'cause he's half black. Rock started out good and and made his platform into a politically driven racist show. Grow up Rock, the world doesn't hate black people and Obama isn't gonna be your spokesperson for how you were done wrong honey he just wants your vote. The Tea Party is about Taxs and less government, he needs to get his facts straight.

930 days ago
49.

WPS    

Chris should be forced to own up to his outlandish claims. Good for Jason.

930 days ago
50.

Selebraties Suck    

Chris Rock is a phoney. I remember YEARS ago when he and his mother gave an interview to 60[boring]Minutes. They used the "N" word throughout the whole interview.

930 days ago
51.

Selebraties Suck    

Don't you fluking love the New Media?

930 days ago
52.

Grace    

Chris Rock is a racist and a bigot. Oh and he is also a coward.

930 days ago
53.

buzz kill    

Such an angry man, must be a liberal.

930 days ago
54.

birdman    

So when exactly does the "Violently" part come into play TMZ? TMZ = MASSIVE TROLLS

930 days ago
55.

Truth    

I-GOT-DRUGS-IN-MY-POCKET-AND-I-DON'T-KNOW-WHAT-TO-DO-ABOUT-IT... DRUGS... DRUGS... UHH, UHH. #TRUTH!!

930 days ago
56.

BryTupper    

To all of you claiming the Tea Party is racist... Please back it up. Please show me an instance of racism within the Tea Party. If you can't prove what you're talking about then don't say it. Show me. Chris Rock is a lefty loon and he should be able to back up what he spits out. He can talk the talk but he can't walk the walk. Also, yes, it was a cameraWOMAN whom Chris Rock assaulted. He should face criminal penalties for assault & damage of property.

930 days ago
57.

Jay W.     

Though funny has hell at times... he's still a racist.

930 days ago
58.

kathy    

Doesn't matter that he couldn't back up his own mouth.. Most people cant.. The true fact is he attacked a woman, she was holding the camera. So he saw a woman and saw no boundaries. Sometimes celebrities think they are above others.. I guess Chris Rock is one of them..

930 days ago
59.

norman    

why doesn't the video keep playing normally with sound and all?

930 days ago
60.

MadCharles    

If TMZ wants real celebrity gossip Jason Matters's new book Hollywood Hypocrites is loaded to the gill.

930 days ago
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