Los Angeles DA will not pursue felony charges against Dave Chappelle’s Attacker.
Following the onstage attack on comedian Dave Chappelle during his act at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed four misdemeanor charges against suspect Isaiah Lee on Thursday. This comes after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said that criminal charges would not be pursued earlier in the day.
According to City Attorney Mike Feuer, charges of violence, assault with a weapon, unlawful entrance to the stage area during a performance, and commission of an act that delays or interferes with a performer have been filed.
“This alleged attack needs to have repercussions,” Feuer said after the charges were filed in video footage uploaded to his office’s official Twitter account. The D.A. had been arrested earlier in the day. According to the statement, the matter was sent to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for possible misdemeanor prosecution.
Around 10:40 p.m., the attack occurred. Chappelle attempted to depart the Hollywood Bowl stage after concluding an act at the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival. That’s when Isaiah Lee, a 23-year-old suspect, stormed the stage and tackled Chappelle to the ground. The man was captured by venue security and finally handed over to the LAPD. Lee is being jailed on $30,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to officials, Lee was carrying an imitation handgun with a knife blade inside at the attack. Chappelle was not hurt in the event and participated completely in the inquiry. Dave Chappelle performed four nights of comedy and music at the Hollywood Bowl, shattering sales records for a comic. At the first Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, Chappelle tied Monty Python for the most headlined events by any comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, exceeding 70,000 people of all backgrounds.
The incident occurred on the comedian’s final night of a series of festival engagements. On April 28, Chappelle performed as the festival’s opening night headliner, followed by three additional shows, including Tuesday’s. Recently, another controversy occurred. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and apologized later in Oscar.
To avoid any potential recording, spectators were obliged to lock their phones at the venue’s entrance on all four nights of the concert. Security and metal detectors were also required of festival attendees. Netflix Is a Joke is one of the streaming giant’s greatest efforts into live event programming, with more than 250 events taking place in Los Angeles between April 28 and May 8.
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