Comedian Chris Redd, who just recently left the cast of NBC‘s Saturday Night Live was assaulted outside of a popular New York City comedy club (Has anyone seen Kenan Thompson lately?).
According to TMZ, earlier this week, Redd was sucker-punched in the face as he was approaching the venue he was scheduled to perform at that night. As the comic was getting out of his vehicle in front of the Comedy Cellar, a man dressed as a security guard attacked Redd.
The suspect hit him in the face and left him with a bloody nose before escaping the scene. This took place on Wednesday around 9:40 p.m. Redd was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan where he received treatment.
Police officers were reportedly on patrol in the area and were quickly on the scene after the attack.
Blood was on the sidewalk as a bystander took a video after the incident.
The suspect tried to steal a Greg Yuna chain off Redd’s neck. The links from the jewelry fell apart to the ground when he tried to snatch it. The chain was recovered after he ran off.
TMZ reported last month that Redd was dating former castmate Thompson’s wife, Christina Evangeline. Earlier this summer, BLACK ENTERPRISE revealed that Thompson filed for divorce from Evangeline.
Upon hearing that Redd was leaving Saturday Night Live, it was being speculated that it was due to the comedian hooking up with Thompson’s estranged wife, but sources state that wasn’t the case. In fact, several projects outside of SNL led to his decision to leave. He has a planned stand-up special with HBO Max as well as an Audible project being done with Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels.
Despite Thompson filing divorce papers, Redd’s romance with Evangeline hasn’t created any hard feelings with Thompson as he has been dating other women as well. The couple has been dating for over a year while Thompson and Evangeline have been living separate lives for three years.