Santa Fe, NM – Dave Chappelle has emerged victorious in a lawsuit involving a Santa Fe man who threw a banana peel at the famous comedian four years ago.
Christian Englander claimed Chappelle ordered his bodyguard to attack him after the incident. As a result, Englander sued him for an alleged assault.
But a New Mexico judge has reportedly ordered all claims against Chappelle to be dismissed. According to The Blast, Englander was unable to track down Chappelle to serve him with the legal documents. Therefore, the judge had no choice but to toss the case out.
During the show, which was held at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in April 2015, Englander was caught on video throwing the banana peel at Chappelle as he performed. He was apparently angry about a joke Chappelle had directed at this friend.
Chappelle, however, believed the gesture was racially motivated.
Englander was arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct. Charges against the self-identified “gypsy joker jester” were eventually dropped after Chappelle neglected to get back to authorities.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on April 4, 2019 and can be found below.]
A man from Santa Fe, New Mexico is reportedly suing Dave Chappelle for an alleged assault. According to KOB4, Christian Englander — who was arrested for throwing a banana peel at the comedian at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in 2015 — says he was actually the victim.
In a new lawsuit filed by Englander, he alleges Chappelle directed his bodyguard to strike him twice in the face, without provocation.
Englander also says in the suit that Chappelle showed up at the Santa Fe 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.”
Englander was charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
Video footage of the 2015 incident shows Englander throwing a banana peel at Chappelle. He was reportedly angry that Chappelle was making fun of his friend, but the comedian believed the action was racially motivated.
After the incident, Englander— who calls himself the “gypsy joker jester” — did an interview with Albuquerque’s KRQE 13 denying he was a racist while offering an apology to Chappelle.
Charges against Englander were eventually dropped after Chappelle failed to get back to authorities.
A police report filed after the 2015 incident doesn’t mention the alleged assault.