We found no records showing Dave Chappelle ever been in jail. There were rumors in 2005 that he's checked into a mental facility in Durban.
In an article of TIME published on May 15, 2005, Dave Chappelle said that he was staying with a friend, Salim, and not in a mental institution, as has been widely reported in America.
Chappelle says he is in South Africa to find "a quiet place" for a while. "Let me tell you the things I can do here which I can't at home: think, eat, sleep, laugh. I'm an introspective dude. I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes. And I've been doing a lot of thinking here."
He has been one of comedy’s most elusive figures ever since he walked away from millions of dollars and his wildly popular Comedy Central series in 2005. During two seasons of “Chappelle’s Show,” the stand-up made a name for himself as a comedic genius unafraid to cull humor from the most tragic aspects of racism in America (see: Clayton Bigsby, his black, blind, white-supremacist character).
Just recently, Dave Chappelle comic returned to television to host “Saturday Night Live” just days after America elected Donald Trump as its next president. He once again did what made him so famous: provide hilarious, biting commentary on race from a point of view not often treated as the default, mainstream perspective. Find out more at Washingtonpost.com.