Bradley Cooper reveals he was held up at KNIFEPOINT while on the New York City subway in 2019 as he went to pick up his daughter from school
- Cooper, 47, has detailed a terrifying moment he was held up at knifepoint
- Incident took place in 2019 on the New York City subway
- He was on his way to pick up daughter Lea, four, who he shares with Irina Shayk
- The actor got a photo of the attacker and showed it to police
- Admitting he ‘let his guard down’ he thought it was a fan wanting a picture
Bradley Cooper has revealed that he was held up at knifepoint on the subway in New York City in 2019.
The 46-year-old star detailed the terrifying incident in a new podcast interview.
‘I used to walk around New York City all the time with these [headphones] on – this was pre-pandemic – I was on the subway [at] 11:45 to pick Lea downtown at Russian school and I got held up at knifepoint,’ he revealed.
‘I let my guard down’: Bradley Cooper reveals he was held up at KNIFEPOINT in 2019 while on the subway in New York City as he went to pick up his daughter from school (Pic, this month)
‘It was pretty insane. I realized I had gotten way, way too comfortable in the city. My guard was down… I was all the way at the end of the subway.’
He added: ‘Innately, I would just go all the way down to the end. I felt somebody coming up. I thought, Oh they want to take a photo or something.’
‘As I turned, I’m up against the post like it’s the French Connection or some s**t, and I turned. I looked down and I see a knife.’
The A Star Is Born actor said the knife was almost three inches long, and even took time to think that the weapon ‘had some history’ to it.
‘I have my headphones on the whole time. I can’t hear anything. I’m just listening to music. So it’s scored, the whole thing was scored,’ he said while laughing.
Daddy duty: Bradley was on his way to pick up his daughter, Lea, four, from school, whom he shares with ex Irina Shayk (pictured above in 2019)
‘I can’t remember [what he was listening to]. I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are.’
Bradley then revealed how he instinctively began to run away from the attacker.
He explained: ‘I just started booking, just started running. I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway [and] took my phone out. He jumped over, running away. I took a photo of him. Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up 7th Avenue. I took two more photographs of him.’
‘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.” He was like, “Check to see if you’re stabbed.”
‘What happens is people get stabbed and they’re in shock. I looked to see if he was right. And then I got back on the subway and picked up my daughter.’
Bradley and ex Irina began dating in the spring of 2015.
They welcomed their daughter – Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper – in 2017, and spent two years together before calling it quits.
Pictured: Bradley is seen with ex Irina Shayk and their daughter Lea in New York City in June