Man who threw banana peel at Dave Chappelle files lawsuit | KOB 4

Man who threw banana peel at Dave Chappelle files lawsuit

Kai Porter
April 03, 2018 06:43 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Three years after an infamous incident at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the man arrested for throwing a banana peel at Dave Chappelle is now suing the comedian and his bodyguard.


The banana peel thrower, Christian Englander, claims he was actually the victim of an assault.

Cell phone video caught the March 2015 incident. Englander is seen hurling a banana peel at Chappelle during his show at the Lensic. Englander claimed he was upset Chappelle was making fun of his friend, but Chappelle felt it was racially motivated.

Charges against Englander were eventually dropped because Chappelle never got back in touch with authorities. 

According to the new lawsuit filed by Englander without an attorney, he’s accusing Chappelle's bodyguard of assault after Englander was detained by staff in the Lensic lobby. The suit states "Defendant Corey (Last Name Unknown), struck the Plaintiff twice in the face, without provocation, under the clear direction of Defendant Chappelle.”

The suit goes on to claim Chappelle showed up at the police station to question Englander and “Defendant Chappelle advanced towards Plaintiff, still restrained by handcuffs, in a sudden and frightening fashion that placed Plaintiff in fear.”

At the time, police made no mention of the allegations Englander is now making in his lawsuit.

KOB tried multiple times today to reach Englander and ask him about his lawsuit, but calls and emails were not returned.


Kai Porter

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