Conservative blogger Jason Mattera posted a video to YouTube that has gotten attention today. It is from an encounter he had with comedian Chris Rock on January 23, 2012.
Chris Rock was throwing an after-party at the Sundance Film Festival. Mattera approached him and said he was a fan from Brooklyn. He then asked for a picture with the celebrity. Rock turned around for the picture and saw that there was a video camera pointed at him. Mattera then started asking Rock about statements that he had made about the Tea Party. Rock immediately walked away. Mattera followed and Rock ran out of room to walk away. He then turned and grabbed the video camera and threw it.
Mattera took the video in January, but posted it last week as a way to promote his book “Hollywood Hypocrites”.
A visit to Mattera’s website for further investigation returned a “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” error.
Some websites are claiming Mattera himself was attacked by Chris Rock. But, Mattera’s own YouTube channel says it was the camera held by someone else that was thrown, and never says he was personally attacked. Mattera says Rock challenged him to a fight, though that is not shown in the video.