UPDATE: The man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl while carrying a replica gun that contained a switchblade was charged today with four misdemeanor counts — after Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to pursue any felony charges.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was charged instead by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with single misdemeanor counts of battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer.
“This alleged attack has got to have consequences,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a video statement announcing the charges.
Feuer — a candidate for Los Angeles mayor — added, “My office takes protecting public safety extremely seriously and we are going to vigorously prosecute this case.”
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PREVIOUSLY at 11:20 a.m.: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has declined to pursue any felony charges against the man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night. The case has been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for consideration of possible misdemeanor charges.
The man, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was taken into custody by police and booked for assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday night. He is being held on $30,000 bail.
The deadly weapon in question is a plastic replica gun that contains a knife blade, according to an LAPD statement. Lee reportedly had the weapon in his hand when he rushed onstage and tackled the comedian at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday.
The District Attorney’s Office issued a statement saying, “After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct. The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the city of Los Angeles.”
There was no immediate comment from the City Attorney’s Office on whether it has begun to review the case.
Chappelle was not injured as a result of the assault.
PREVIOUSLY on Wednesday: Los Angeles police have identified and arrested the man who allegedly attacked Dave Chappelle onstage at the Hollywood Bowl during the Netflix Is A Joke festival. Police say 23-year-old Isaiah Lee was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday night.
The deadly weapon in question is a plastic replica gun that contains a knife blade, according to an LAPD statement. Lee was taken to the LAPD Hollywood Division.
Lee is being held on $30,000 bail, LAPD Public Information Officer Mendez told Deadline this morning. According to the statement, Lee was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the altercation leading to his arrested. After receiving medical treatment and being cleared for booking, Lee was booked for felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Chappelle was not injured as a result of the assault, the report states.
PREVIOUSLY, Tuesday PM: Social media exploded tonight with posts from attendees at Dave Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl Show, which is part of the Netflix Is A Joke Festival.
Apparently, Chappelle was rushed by someone while onstage. Attendees’ phones were confiscated at the gate, so video and even photos are very sparse, but one video posted seemed to show the man smashing into someone holding a microphone, possibly Chappelle.
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Accounts posted online said the man was corralled by security — and possibly fellow comedian Jamie Foxx.
Los Angeles police confirmed to ABC7 that they responded to a call at the Bowl around 10:45 p.m. They indicated that a man was taken into custody. He was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife.
In one posted clip, apparently after the incident, Chappelle is heard to quip, “It was a trans man,” a reference to his own controversial comments in his Netflix special The Closer — which some considered transphobic — and the uproar, protests and anger that ensued.
Man That Attacked Dave Chappelle At His Show At Hollywood Bowl Has Hands Broken and Dislocated pic.twitter.com/ZvPgjdV5gz
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Videos posted by attendees outside the show, after they’d gotten their phones back, seemed to show the alleged assailant being loaded into an ambulance, his arm mangled.
Another person caught the end of the show on video where Chappelle and Jamie Foxx, who apparently rushed onstage to help apprehend the man going after Chappelle.
“Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” said the headliner by way of thanks.
“I thought that was part of the show,” Foxx is heard to respond.
“I grabbed the back of that N*****’s head,” said Chappelle. “His hair was spongey!”
Later the comedian sounded a note of both shock and levity saying, “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a N***** backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Foxx chimed in on a more serious note.
“Listen, I just want to say…this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times,” said Foxx. “For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”
After Foxx left the stage Chappelle, possibly thinking about all the nerves and emotions as fans would exit the show, said to the crowd, “Everybody compose yourselves.”
Representatives for Netflix did not respond to request for comment from Deadline.
Warning: Video contains explicit language.
Dave Chappelle after A Town stomping whoever attacked him pic.twitter.com/qr1z0xBoJ8
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The incident comes not just in the wake of Chappelle’s comments in The Closer, but also Will Smith rushing the stage to slap Chris Rock at the Oscars. After that event, many comedians expressed concern about the ideas it might give copycats.
“Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters,” said Kathy Griffin at the time.
Rock was one of Chappelle’s guests on tonight’s show. According to witnesses, he walked out shortly after the incident hugged Chappele and asked, “Was that Will Smith?”
City News Service contributed to this report.