The man who attacked Dave Chappelle as he was finishing a performance in Los Angeles earlier this week will not face felony charges.
“What should have been a night of laughter at the Hollywood Bowl last Tuesday night was suddenly cut short when suspect Isaiah Lee allegedly walked onstage and accosted comedian Dave Chappelle,” said the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, in a video posted on social media. media.
Lee was arrested immediately after he charged at the 48-year-old comedian, 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 pistol with a large, folding blade attached at the time of the incident.
Police initially said Lee, 23, would be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, but his case was 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 criminal conduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Lee was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault and possession of a weapon, “and charges related to interfering with a performance,” Feuer said Thursday. If he is convicted of the misdemeanor charges, Lee faces up to a year and a half in jail and a $4,000 fine.
According to jail records, Lee remained behind bars Friday in lieu of $30,000 bond. A motive in the attack remains unclear.
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