Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock commiserated with his recent public attacks and, in typical fashion, lent a bit of levity to the situation.
Chappelle performed a secret show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Thursday night and immediately spoke about the terrifying incident two nights earlier. According the hollywood reporter, the comic received a “hero’s welcome” from the star-studded crowd that included Kim Kardashian and Sean “Diddy” Combs as he took the stage. Rock decides to join Chappelle 10 minutes into the set.
“At least someone big-name hit you!” Chappelle joked with Rock. “I was hit by a bum with leaves in my hair.”
Rock, who was punched in the face by Will Smith during the Oscars, joked, “I was hit by the smoothest black that ever rapped.”
Chappelle was attacked on the last night of his historic career at the Hollywood Bowl. After the show, he apparently convinced the Los Angeles Police Department to let him talk to his assailant.
“I needed to talk to him,” Chappelle explained, noting that the man appeared to be mentally ill.
The comedian proceeded to ask 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who was arrested in connection with the assault, why he would do such a thing. Chappelle told the crowd that Lee started talking about her grandmother in Brooklyn, who had been forced out of her neighborhood by gentrification. Lee apparently wanted to draw attention to his situation.
Lee will not face felony charges for the assault, to the dismay of some Los Angeles residents.
“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has referred the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for consideration of a misdemeanor filing. After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute criminal conduct. The office does not prosecute misdemeanors within the city of Los Angeles,” spokesman for the district attorney, Greg Risling, told Yahoo Entertainment.
Lee was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault and possession of a weapon. The man was armed with a replica of a weapon that can eject a knife blade when fired.
Entourage creator Doug Ellin is among those who spoke out: “Why would they charge him with a felony? Why not give him a trophy? … WE’RE IN BIG TROUBLE!”
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to Chappelle’s representative for comment but did not receive an immediate response. His spokeswoman issued a statement Wednesday saying the comedian did not want the assault to “upstage” his shows.
“Chappelle’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record breaking and he refuses to allow [Tuesday’s] incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” said his representative the hollywood reporter in a sentence. “Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting a sales record for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl. This run teams Chappelle with Monty Python for the most headlined shows by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, reaching 70,000 fans.” of diverse origins. During the first Netflix is a joke: the festival.”
Chappelle’s spokesperson added, “As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle carried on with the show”, praising Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock for helping to “humorously calm the crowd”.