Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper revealed a terrifying experience while in New York City.
The incident happened a couple of years ago in October 2019, he said, while going to pick up his daughter Lea, who is now 4, at school.
“I used to walk around New York City all the time with headphones on — this was prepandemic,” he began.
“I was on the subway, 11:45, to pick Lea up downtown at Russian school and I got held up at knifepoint,” Cooper said.
“My guard was down,” he explained.
“I’m up against the post like it’s ‘The French Connection’ or some s***, and then I, like, turned. I looked down and I see a knife,” he continued.
He said the knife appeared to be around 2 1/2 inches long with a wooden handle.
“I remember thinking, oh, it’s a nice knife,” he said.
“I have my headphones on the whole time so I can’t hear anything. I’m just listening to music. So it’s scored, the whole thing is scored,” he said.
“I see the person’s eyes and I’m taken by how young they are,” Cooper explained.
He remembers he “just started running.”
“I jumped over the…turnstile, hid around the white, tiled foyer entrance to the subway, took my phone out.”
“He jumped over, running away, and I took a photo of him. Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up Seventh Avenue. I took two more photographs of him,” the actor added.
“I ran down two police officers in an SUV, showed them the photograph, and I’m, like, talking to them, and the guy kept saying — it was so interesting — he’s like, ‘Are you stabbed?’ I was like, ‘No, no, no.’ And he goes, ‘No, check to see if you’re stabbed,’” he added.
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The actor called it “pretty insane” and said he had “gotten way, way too comfortable in the city” before the incident.
Cooper said he was attempting to be “incognito” as he was also wearing sunglasses and a hat in addition to having headphones in when he “felt somebody coming up” to the end of the subway car where he habitually would stand. “And I thought, oh, they want to take a photo or something,” he detailed.
Fortunately, Cooper was OK. “What happens is people gets stabbed and they’re in shock. I looked to see if he was right. It was crazy,” he concluded.
Cooper, 46, and Shayk, 35, welcomed their daughter, Lea De Seine, in March of 2017. The couple called it quits in 2019, around the same time the actor made headlines for his performance in “A Star Is Born” alongside Lady Gaga.