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Man who threw banana peel at Dave Chappelle sues comedian

April 3, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Dave Chappelle appears in the press room after winning a Grammy for best comedy album award for "The Age of Spin" and "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in New York. A man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a 2015 performance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suing the comedian and a man presumed to be his bodyguard. Christian Englander’s lawsuit filed Friday contends the presumed bodyguard struck Englander twice as he was being restrained. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a 2015 performance in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suing the comedian and a man presumed to be his bodyguard.

Christian Englander’s lawsuit filed Friday contends the presumed bodyguard struck Englander twice as he was being restrained.

Englander, who is white, has said he had no racial motivation when he threw the banana peel at Chappelle, who is black, but was angered by something Chappelle said during the show.

Englander faced charges of battery and disturbing the peace, but they were dropped because Chappelle was unwilling to participate in the prosecution.

Englander’s claim he was assaulted wasn’t mentioned in the police report, but his lawyer said it would have been raised if Englander went on trial.

Chappelle’s publicist Carla Sims did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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This story has been corrected to show that Dave Chappelle’s last name was misspelled on first reference.

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