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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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61.

MadCharles    

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

849 days ago
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frankthechamp    

The person holding the camera was a woman. Why do the misogynists on the left hate women? John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton....but somehow it is the right that is smeared as misogynists? Think about this the next time you talk to your daughter, mother, sister, or wife. Think.

849 days ago
63.

steverino    

Chris Rock is an ignorant, has been, little punk!! He couldn't beat his way out of a wet paper bag- weasel!!

849 days ago
64.

lydia    

Im done with Chris Rock. People wake up to the policies of Obama- Stop listening to the liberal media CNN, MSNBC-

849 days ago
65.

Timothy Dunn    

Typical liberal racist reaction, sorry Chris I never that you were that stupid.

849 days ago
66.

dontbow    

He just isnt man enouhg to answer questions on his opnion that unfortunately spews out of his big mouth forcing all to hear. I think he needs a reality check on who the sane people are. He is just another tool for hollywood.

849 days ago
67.

Mark    

FYI the person holding the camera was a woman. Have to love how Chris started asking the guy if he wanted to throw down while hiding behind his body guards.

849 days ago
68.

Hawk    

Wow, bad day Chris?
Rock will cut a nice fat check to the Obama re-election fund and this will be forgotten.

849 days ago
69.

Madness    

Team Rock

849 days ago
70.

Joe    

that is totally racist. and it is caught on tape. awesome. a white comedian attacking a camera of a black person. all hell is going to break loose now. apologies will have to be made, firings will have to happen, sharpton will start up protests, lawsuits will happen. ooops, my mistake. it was a black comedian attacking a white person's camera. not a damn thing will happen. he will be allowed to 100% get away with this violent behavior. i hate these double standards that allow blacks to get away with everything.

849 days ago
71.

joesoverign    

anger mgt. issues hey bro? u madd bro?

849 days ago
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joesoverign    

you mad bro? wow...obviously rock's got some hidden racist issues deep down inside! they have tried to paint the tea party patriot's as racist so they can dismiss them as the fringe. but the tea party is about people just getting together (peacefully) unlike obama's zombies at the occupy wallstreet thug's! but we just don't like the out of control spending going on in d.c. and want a more responsable gov't. and i guess that warrant's them being painted with the race card according to this idiot rock?

849 days ago
73.

CelebJustice    

Hope he's charged with a hate crime.

849 days ago
74.

Jeanenne Tonatore, Orbitz.com    

I doubted that The Tea Party was racist.. until I read this site's comments and joined the "Command Center":

http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=4301673%3ABlogPost%3A60...8179&page=2#comments

"Do you swear to uphold the US Constitution and to lick the sweat off my bzlls, so help u God?"

"Are you aware that this site is for by and to Americans?"

It's the NEw John Bich Society.

Even before all that, I'd say ol Chris Rock was right slap that stupid c]nt. If you rent a room and/ or conference center in a motel, it's a private residence. Being in the hallway is like being in your garage with the door open. A55 wipes can't just come in there and start video and audio taping you. IT'S ILLEGAL!

Rock was kind enough to give the guy the photo, but then the JERK starts trying to get an interview?

Plus, Rock and Rock's image and likeness are trademarked and copyrigthed. You can't reproduce it in ANY way w/o WRITTEN CONSENT or being SUED into oblivion.

I'm sick of little boys and girls invading peoples' privacy by recording in PRIVATE areas. Fitness clubs, office buildings, motels, bars, restaurants; all have an expecation of privacy and little children who refuse to take the batteries out of their dumb phones should STAY OUT.

849 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

I don't like the teaheads either, but Chris Rock is all about white/black and he comes across many times as racist himself. It's obvious he thinks only whites are racist and he is dead wrong on that. He said what he said. If he's questioned about it, that's the way it goes. Don't expect not to be questioned on whatever crap you throw out.

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