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A Texas man's altercation with comedian Dave Chappelle at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin has made headlines in British tabloids.


In town in mid-November for a comedy show at Stubbs, Chappelle engaged in a heated argument with 31-year-old part-time actor Chad Laboy. The Daily Mail reports one of Laboy's friends approached the comedian and his friends without a mask.

"She's violating my personal space," Chappelle told Laboy, seen in a video shared with the Daily Mail. Chappelle had approached Laboy's table, also without a mask.

In the background, Chappelle's friends at the hotel can be heard shouting angrily about Laboy recording the incident, while Laboy's friends shot back.

The argument spilled out into the parking lot, after which Austin police showed up and both parties were told they wouldn't be allowed back to the hotel for a year.

No arrests were made.

Laboy, who appeared in Kelly Clarkson's Heartbeat music video, told the British tabloid that Chappelle was trying to deescalate the situation at first, but that his crew was acting unruly. He said one man pushed him, and tried to take his phone to erase the video.

Eventually however, Laboy said Chappelle pointed at them and used aggressive profanities.

"We were all in shock," said Laboy, who was at the hotel to celebrate his engagement. He slammed the comedian as a "hypocrite" for approaching his table without a mask.

Mask-wearing has become a sticking point in stand-up routines for Chappelle, making jokes about people not wearing masks on Saturday Nigh Live just last month.

Patrons of his outdoor shows are required to wear masks.

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