Former “Saturday Evening Reside” star Chris Redd was punched within the face exterior a famed New York Metropolis comedy membership and hospitalized in what police described as an unprovoked assault.
The assault unfolded Wednesday night simply after 9:30 p.m. in entrance of the Comedy Cellar, the place Redd was set to carry out that night time, within the 100 block of MacDougal Road in Manhattan, in response to the New York Metropolis Police Division.
Redd, 37, had simply exited a car in entrance of the membership when an unknown particular person approached him and punched him, police stated.
Authorities stated the suspect attacked the comic “with out prior dialog or provocation.”
The assailant fled after hitting the sufferer, and Redd was discovered by responding officers with a laceration to his face.
Emergency companies responded to the scene and transported the sufferer to NYC Well being+Hospitals/Bellevue the place he was handled and launched.
NBC Information has reached out to the comic’s representatives for remark.
Surveillance video from a neighboring restaurant obtained by NBC New York exhibits Redd apparently strolling in direction of the membership when swiftly an unseen particular person punches him and knocks him to the bottom.
Fabrizio Cavallacci, the proprietor of Cafe Reggio, which is subsequent door to the comedy membership and whose cameras recorded the assault, stated there was a “big pool of blood” on the bottom.
“This poor man was bleeding. The supervisor was attempting to cease the bleeding,” he stated to the station.
Comedy Cellar Proprietor Noam Dworman informed NBC New York they’re “deeply upset about what occurred and we hope he’s okay. We would like him again as quickly as potential.”
He referred to as Redd a member of the membership’s household.
“Everyday we’re listening to of tales which are mindless, disturbing and violent incidents,” Dworman stated.
Redd, a forged member on “Saturday Evening Reside” for 5 seasons, introduced in September he wouldn’t return for the forty eighth season within the fall.