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Dave Chappelle’s ‘disgruntled’ attacker will not be charged: lawyer

Dave Chappelle is “upset” that his alleged gunman was not charged with a crime after he attacked him while holding a gun on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, his attorney told the Post on Friday.

“It is a farce of justice that prosecutors [George] Gascòn refuses to prosecute this case as a crime,” said the comic’s attorney, Gabriel Colwell. “The City Attorney who filed the case is doing his job, but DA Gascón should also be doing his job and charging this as a felony.”

The 48-year-old comedian’s lawyer asked prosecutors to reconsider the charges shortly after Isaiah Lee, 23, pleaded not guilty to four counts of assaulting Chappelle during his Tuesday show.

“This was a violent attack perpetrated on an unsuspecting entertainer while he was performing in front of thousands of people at the historic Hollywood Bowl,” said Colwell, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.

“The idea that [Lee] carried a deadly weapon – one that was a replica handgun with a knife – that is a violent attack.”

Weapon carried by Isaiah Lee, aka rapper Noname Trapper, when he attacked Chappelle.
Police released a photo of the gun Isaiah Lee was carrying during the attack.
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Chappelle is reportedly upset about the charges against his attacker.
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He added, “Entertainers in LA need to know that this is a justice system that protects them. There is no question that when someone is violently attacked by another in possession of a deadly weapon, it should be charged as a crime.”

Gascón’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.


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The prosecutor’s office first investigated the case after Lee was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon – but referred him to the LA City Attorney’s Office on Thursday, saying the high-profile incident did not warrant a felony charge.

“The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the City of Los Angeles,” the office said in a statement at the time.

The video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
The video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
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A few hours later, the LA City Attorney slapped Lee on four counts, including assault, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to attack, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance, and committing an act that delays or disrupts the event artists.

Chappelle’s attorney said he believes the maximum penalty for the four counts is a year and a half in prison and a $4,000 fine.

During Lee’s hearing, the defendant’s public defender said the 23-year-old was a good candidate for a “quick diversion” — a California program that allows eligible defendants to avoid jail time if they are receiving treatment or some form of complete the educational course.

Colwell said they disagreed, doubling down that Lee was “in possession of a deadly weapon.”

The attorney declined to comment when asked how Chappelle was doing physically and mentally following the high-profile assault.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/06/dave-chappelle-upset-attacker-isnt-facing-felony-charge-lawyer/ Dave Chappelle’s ‘disgruntled’ attacker will not be charged: lawyer

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