Kaleb Anthony Herd, 26, of Quincy, Massachusetts, United States was arrested at the show of Chris Rock, 57, at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on March 30, 2022. It was the first of Rock’s six shows at the theater owned by Bill Blumenreich, 70.
Herd was allegedly involved in a dispute over the theater’s masking policy. The person with whom he attended the show tried to deescalate the situation but ended up being assaulted by him.
The Quincy resident also allegedly assaulted a police officer and a third victim. On March 31, 2022, he was arraigned on charges of trespass, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and three counts of assault and battery.
Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons released Herd on personal recognizance and ordered him not to abuse the person who attended Rock’s show with him. Herd is also prohibited from having contact with his two other victims and from going to The Wilbur Theater.
While staying at The Ritz-Carlton in Boston, Rock has six shows at The Wilbur Theater, two each day from March 30, 2022 through April 1, 2022. During the performances, video and photography are prohibited and guests are required to secure their phones in a sealed pouch.
On March 27, 2022, Rock presented an award at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA. Will Smith, 53, walked onstage and slapped Rock after the latter joked about the shaved head of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, with a reference to “G.I. Jane”.
Rock did not press charges against Will. During Rock’s first show at The Wilbur Theater, he told jokes about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, his daughters, Disneyland visitors, the British Royal Family and the Kardashians instead of the 2022 Oscars fiasco.
“I had a whole show I wrote before this weekend and I’m still kind of processing what happened,” Rock explained. “At some point, I’ll talk about that s–t and it will be serious and it will be funny.”