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    Bradley Cooper Says He Was Held At Knifepoint In An NYC Subway Station And Told The Harrowing Story Of What Happened

    "My guard was down."

    You know Bradley Cooper.

    Bradley Cooper smiles with his arms crossed at an event
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    On a recent episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, the actor revealed that he was once held at knifepoint in an NYC subway station.

    Cooper walks across the street with a scarf around his neck
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    He explained that the incident took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, while he was on his way to pick up his daughter from school: “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.”

    Cooper walks down the street
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    “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 shit, and I turned. I looked down, and I see a knife.”

    Cooper looks in the distance while walking down the street
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    “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. “I look up, I see the person’s eyes, and I’m taken by how young they are.”

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    “I just started booking, just started running," he continued. "I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway, took my phone out. He jumped over, running away. I took a photo of him."

    Cooper walks down the street with his hand in front of him
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    "Then I chased him up the stairs. He started running up Seventh Avenue. I took two more photographs of him. I ran down two police officers in an SUV, showed them the photograph...[they were] like, ‘Are you stabbed?’ I was like, ‘No, no.’ He was like, ‘Check to see if you’re stabbed.’"

    Cooper walks down the street while wearing a button-down shirt and holding a canister
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    "What happens is people get stabbed and they’re in shock. I looked to see if he was right." Luckily, Cooper wasn't stabbed, and he headed back to go pick up his daughter.

    Cooper walks down the street at night while holding his iPhone
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    Listen to the entire interview here.