The man who attacked Dave Chappelle as he wrapped a performance in Los Angeles earlier this week will not face felony charges.
“What should’ve been an evening of laughter at the Hollywood Bowl this past Tuesday night was suddenly interrupted when suspect Isaiah Lee allegedly charged onto the stage and tackled comedian Dave Chappelle,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a video posted to social media.
Lee was arrested immediately after he launched himself at the 48-year-old funnyman, who was finishing a set during the last of a four-night run as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival. He was carrying a replica handgun with a large, foldable blade attached at the time of the incident.
Police initially said that 23-year-old Lee would be charged with assault with a deadly weapon — a felony — but his case has been referred to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, which prosecutes misdemeanors within the city.
“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Lee was hit with four misdemeanors, including battery and possession of a weapon, “and charges relating to interfering with a performance,” Feuer said Thursday. If he is convicted on the misdemeanor counts, Lee faces up to 1½ years in jail and a $4,000 fine
According to jail records, Lee remained behind bars on Friday in lieu of $30,000 bail. A motive in the attack remains unclear.
With News Wire Services