Dave Chappelle said he did indeed speak to his alleged Hollywood Bowl hitter backstage after Tuesday’s attack – and the wannabe rapper gave a rambling reason for why he did it, according to a report.
The celebrity comedian told crowds at a secret comedy show in Los Angeles on Thursday night that he convinced security to let him see Isaiah Lee, 23, before he was dragged away by police, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I had to talk to him,” the 48-year-old told the crowd.
Chappelle said he asked Lee why he did it — and the accused attacker began with a story about how his grandmother was evicted from her Brooklyn neighborhood for gentrification, the publication reported.
Lee’s onstage attack should shed some light on their situation, Chappelle said.
The comedian said Lee – who released a rap song named after Chappelle two years ago – appeared to be mentally ill.
Lee’s older brother, Aaron Lee, revealed in a Rolling Stone interview on Wednesday that his brother has been struggling with a mental illness and is on medication.
He said Lee, a native of Brooklyn, moved to California at a young age after the death of her grandmother.
Lee has been in and out of homeless shelters in Los Angeles for the past decade, his brother added.
The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges on Friday after allegedly assaulting Chappelle during his Tuesday show while armed with a bizarre knife that looks like a pistol.
He stood in court with a swollen eye and one arm in a black sling after being beaten by security forces shortly after the attack.
Elsewhere on Thursday’s standup show, Chappelle joked he was “hit by a homeless man with leaves in his hair” while joking with Chris Rock about his infamous encounter with Will Smith at this year’s Oscars.
“At least someone beat you in reputation,” Chappelle told his fellow comedian. Rock hit back: “I got hit by the softest n—a that ever rapped.”
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