Bradley Cooper threatened at knifepoint while collecting daughter from school

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Bradley Cooper with daughter Lea

Bradley was picking up daughter Lea from school (Picture: Splash News)

Bradley Cooper has revealed a terrifying experience where he was ‘held up at knifepoint’ while on his way to collect his daughter.

The A Star Is Born actor recalled the incident happening not long before the pandemic in New York City. He was en route to pick up daughter Lea, who he shares with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, from school. 

Speaking to Dax Shepherd on his podcast Armchair Expert, Bradley explained: ‘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. 

‘It was pretty insane. I realised 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. 

‘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***, and I turned. I looked down and I see a knife.’ 

The 46-year-old said the knife was almost three inches long and joked that the entire incident was ‘scored’ to the songs he was listening to through his headphones, and couldn’t hear anything else but the music. 

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Bradley Cooper in NYC

Fortunately the actor was unharmed in the incident (Picture: SplashNews.com)

‘I can’t remember [what I was listening to]. I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are,’ Bradley continued. 

‘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.

The actor was able to find two police officers in an SUV and showed them the photos he took of the young man. The officers asked if Bradley was stabbed, to which the actor said he wasn’t, but urged him to check anyway as many times people go into shock when stabbed and don’t immediately realise it’s happened. 

‘I looked to see if he was right. … And then I got back on the subway and picked up my daughter,’ the actor said.

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