Charges get tossed in Dave Chappelle banana peel case
Charges have been tossed in the case of a man accused of throwing a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a performance in the southwestern U.S. state New Mexico.
The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace charges against 31- year- old Christian Englander after Chappelle was unresponsive to requests for testimony.
The comedian had said the March incident in Santa Fe was a racist act. Englander, however, said he threw the banana peel because Chappelle was making jokes about his friend.
Prosecutor Anastasia Martin wrote in her notice of dismissal that a conviction was unlikely without Chappelle’s testimony.
Charges can be refiled if Englander fails to perform 22 hours of community service by Feb. 16 under the conditions of the dismissal.