No felony charges for man who tackled Dave Chappelle on stage

The man who attacked comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl will not be charged with any crime, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said, after rushing the scene towards the end of the Chappelle plateau during the last four-night stint at the outdoor amphitheater as part of of “Netflix is ​​a joke”. festival.

Lee was carrying a replica handgun with a large blade that extended from it like a pocket knife, according to a photo released by police.

“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors have determined that although criminal conduct did occur, the evidence as presented does not constitute criminal conduct,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

This photo combination provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the fake handgun with the real knife blade inside that was taken from the man who attacked Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl. (Los Angeles Police Department via The Associated Press)

The case was referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes misdemeanors in the city. An email seeking comment from the office was not immediately returned.

Jail records showed Lee was still being held on Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bond, Mendez said. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained a lawyer and the motive for the attack was unclear.

Chappelle joked about safety

People standing backstage at the stage, including actor Jamie Foxx and rapper Busta Rhymes, rushed to the stage in an attempt to help Chappelle.

Security guards chased and overpowered Lee, who was taken to an ambulance for treatment of an unspecified injury.

“Chappelle’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record-breaking and he refuses to let last night’s incident overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” Chapelle’s publicist Carla Sims said in a statement.

Chappelle was attacked as he was finishing a routine in which he spoke about how comedians need to be more concerned about their personal safety following this year’s Oscars, where Oscar-winning actor Will Smith slapped the face Chris Rock on live television in reaction. a joke about his wife.

Rock was also backstage at Chappelle’s show. He grabbed the mic and asked jokingly, “Was that Will Smith?”