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Dave Chappelle assault suspect Isaiah Lee is charged with assault with a deadly weapon

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The man suspected of assaulting Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Isaiah Lee, 23, is being held on $30,000 (£24,000) bail following the incident yesterday (May 3), according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The attack took place during one of comedian Chappelle’s four headline sets at the iconic venue.

Lee tackled Chappelle during the show that was part of the Netflix It’s a joke comedy festival. The LAPD arrested Lee and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon after he was armed with a replica weapon “which, when discharged correctly, can eject a knife blade.”

New video footage of Lee being loaded into an ambulance has also been released.

Immediately after the incident, the attacker was arrested by security and removed from the scene.

Additional reports claim that comic book colleague Chris Rock joined Chappelle in front of the crowd and joked about Will Smith after security took the stage intruder away.

“Dave Chappelle was knocked down on stage! Then Chris Rock came out and said, “Was it Will Smith?!” The wildest s*** I’ve ever seen!” Author Julissa Arce wrote on twitter.

Isaiah Lee had previously written a song named after the comedian. Lee, an aspiring rapper known professionally as No_Name Trapper, has a verified Spotify profile that reveals a tally of nearly 6,000 monthly listeners.

He released a song titled “Dave Chappelle” on his 2020 album. Born and died in the trap. The album’s second track contains lyrics that appear to refer to the Hollywood Bowl, the location where the incident occurred. “Walkin’ straight into da Bowl,” Lee raps in the first few lines of the song.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/dave-chappelle-suspect-isaiah-lee-charged-b2071835.html Dave Chappelle assault suspect Isaiah Lee is charged with assault with a deadly weapon

JOE HERNANDEZ

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