The man who attacked Dave Chapelle on stage earlier this year has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
Chappelle, 48, performed at the Hollywood Bowl in May as part of the Netflix it’s a joke Festival when a man rushed onto the stage and attacked him, carrying a replica pistol fitted with an ejecting knife blade.
Immediately after the altercation, the attacker – identified as 24-year-old Isaiah Lee – was arrested by security forces and removed from the scene.
Chappelle was not injured in the incident. His security personnel managed to free the attacker from him.
Now Lee has been sentenced to 270 days in prison after pleading not to contest the misdemeanor charge.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office denied a felony charge against Lee.
The DA’s office instead referred the case to the LA City Attorney’s Office for a misdemeanor motion.
Prosecutors found that while Lee’s actions constituted criminal conduct, the evidence presented did not constitute criminal conduct the Los Angeles Times.
One of the reasons the incident didn’t result in a charge of assault with a deadly weapon is a source who told the publication that Lee wasn’t brandishing the gun as he stormed onto the stage.
The source said the gun and knife were in a bag he was carrying.
In May, Lee was charged not only with involvement in the attack on Chapelle, but also with attempted murder in another count.
He was charged with stabbing his roommate to death during a brawl at a transitional apartment on December 2 last year, according to the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office.
At the time, Chapelle issued a statement about the attack, saying he “refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”
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