No felony charges for man who tackled Dave Chappelle on stage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man arrested on suspicion of tackling comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl will not be charged with any crime, the district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said, after rushing to the stage near the end of the Chappelle set during the last four-night stint at the outdoor amphitheater in the frame of “Netflix is ​​a joke”. festival.

Dave Chappelle performs to a sold-out crowd on stage at the Hollywood Palladium in 2016.

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He 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 Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. a statement.

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 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.

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 while 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 the Oscar-winning actor slapped Chris Rock at live television in reaction to a joke about his wife.

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


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