The man accused of assaulting comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl this month pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Thursday, May 19, for allegedly stabbing his roommate in a transitional housing apartment last December Did.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the latest case against Isaiah Lee, filed Wednesday, accuses the 23-year-old of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of his roommate during a December 2 fight.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, as a result of media reports about the alleged assault on Chappell, the alleged victim recently identified Lee as the person who committed the attack, which she had previously reported to police.
District Attorney George Gascon said in a written statement announcing the latest charge against Lee, “The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappell helped police solve this crime.” “The incident at the Hollywood Bowl was misdemeanor conduct and was referred to the City Attorney’s Office.”
The county’s top prosecutor said Lee is now facing a felony charge as a result of “the nature and severity of the December attack.”
Lee has been behind bars since his May 3 arrest by Los Angeles police in connection with the alleged assault on Chappell, after a judge last week refused to reduce his bail.
On May 5, Lee was charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office with one wrongful count of each battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance, and the commission of an act An artist who delays or interferes with the event.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspect had a replica handgun equipped with a retractable knife blade.
The district attorney’s office issued a statement saying, “After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that when the criminal conduct occurred, the evidence presented was not a felony.”
According to an internal review of the case, prosecutors noted that Chappell was not injured in the attack and that Lee did not have a weapon at the time. He noted that the Switchblade was never extended during the attack, and there was no indication that Lee held any real animosity toward the comedian.
Officials said Lee arrived on stage at the Bowl around 10:45 p.m. on May 3, while Chappelle was performing as part of the Netflix Is a Joke festival. Videos online showed Chappell being thrown to the ground by the suspect, prompting the site’s security staff and Chapel’s crew to take to the stage to subdue the attacker. Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx was among those defending Chappelle.
After the attack, the suspect tried to scuffle from behind the stage, but was overpowered by security personnel. Later footage showed the assailant carrying a bloodied man with bruises on his face and a broken arm on a gurney and being carried into an ambulance.
Chappelle was not injured and continued to perform.
Lee was initially booked on suspicion of felony with a deadly weapon, but the District Attorney’s Office declined to file any felony charges, referring the case to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor counts. referred to for consideration.
Chappelle’s attorney, Gabriel Colwell, later overruled the district attorney’s office’s decision to deny any felony charges.
“It is a mockery of justice that Gascon is refusing to treat this case as a felony,” Colwell told the New York Post. “The city attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job, but DA Gascon must also do his job and charge this as a felony.
“… what entertainers in LA need to know is that this is a justice system that will protect them. There’s no question that when someone is violently attacked by another with a deadly weapon, that’s what happens. He should be charged as a felony.”
Colwell echoed those comments in Rolling Stone magazine, telling the publication: “This is what Mr. Chappell wants. Mr. Chappell wants the case to be charged as a felony. … Ten thousand people Saw that Dave Chappelle attacked the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last Tuesday night, and the attacker had a lethal weapon. The fact that this is not charged by the DA as a felony case is insane.”
On Instagram, Lee goes by the moniker “noname_trapper,” an aspiring rapper whose work includes a 2020 song titled “Dave Chappelle.” Lee posted a short video on Instagram on the day of the attack, in which he didn’t say anything, but is shown wearing the same hooded sweatshirt that shows him handcuffing the paramedics’ garni after the attack. He used a video filter that showed him with devil-like horns on his head and blood oozing from his nose – too similar to the blood on his face.
Chappelle told the crowd during a later performance at the Comedy Store in Hollywood that he was able to speak to the attacker before he was taken away by paramedics. The comedian said the suspect claimed to have carried out the attack to raise awareness of the plight of his grandmother in Brooklyn, who was displaced from her home due to “gentrification.”
Lee – who has been ordered to remain at least 100 yards from Chapel, the Hollywood Bowl and any venue where Chappell is performing, if he manages to post bail and is released from custody — scheduled to be back in the Los Angeles courtroom on Friday. A pre-trial hearing on a misdemeanor case involving the alleged assault on Chappell.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, a June 2 hearing is scheduled to determine whether there is enough evidence to stand trial on the charge of attempted murder.