Dave Chappelle’s attacker appears in court for status report on stage ambush and separate attempted murder charges ‘for stabbing his roommate in the back in December’
The man who attacked comedian Dave Chappelle made a court appearance for a status report for the on stage ambush and separate attempted murder charges.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was pictured in Los Angeles court on Thursday for a court hearing in connection to his on stage attack of Dave Chappelle during his set at the Hollywood Bowl last month.
He was pictured with his braids in a high ponytail wearing an arm-sling over what appears to be a cast that extended to some of his fingers.
On May 3 Lee stormed the stage in Los Angeles and tried to tackle Chappelle while carrying a folding knife attached to a fake replica firearm, in front of a high profile crowd that included people such as Elon Musk.
The comedian was able to sidestep Lee, and was unharmed. Lee was arrested at the scene, and taken to hospital with a broken arm.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was pictured in court for a court hearing in connection to his on stage attack of Dave Chappelle during his set at the Hollywood Bowl
He was pictured with his braids in a high ponytail wearing an arm-sling over what appears to be a cast that extended to some of his fingers
Lee had previously allegedly jumped on stage and tried to attack Dave Chappelle, who was able to sidestep his attacker and avoid injury. Lee had been carrying a knife and inside a replica gun
His hearing on Thursday was continued for a status report to the court.
Lee plead not guilty to four misdemeanor charges after the attack – including battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer.
Lee also appeared in court for attempted murder charges.
The 23-year-old was accused of stabbing his roommate back in December at a ‘transitional housing program’ generally reserved for homeless individuals.
The Los Angeles district attorney, George Gascon, credited the publicity surrounding Lee’s attack on Chappelle with helping the victim identify his alleged attacker.
‘The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime,’ said Gascon in a statement.
Lee is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 22 for the attempted murder charges and on August 8 for the Chapelle attack charges.
Lee recently said he attacked Chapelle because he was ‘triggered’ by the comedian’s jokes about gay people and homelessness.
Last month Lee told The New York Post that he was not amused by Chappelle’s repartee.
‘I identify as bisexual and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,’ Lee said from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
Lee is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 22 for the attempted murder charges and on August 8 for the Chapelle attack charges
Lee, 23, said last month that he attacked Chappelle because he found his comedy ‘triggering’
Lee suffered a broken arm after security arrested him and took him off stage
This is the weapon Lee had when he tried and attack Chappelle on stage
‘I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.’
He said he was excited to see Chappelle’s show, being recorded live for Netflix, but grew increasingly angry at the content.
He had been homeless before, and said the jokes made him emotional and upset.
‘I’m also a single dad and my son is five,’ Lee told the paper.
‘It’s a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke.’
He said his breaking point came when another comedian in the show’s lineup make a joke about pedophilia, which Lee said brought back memories of being molested when he was 17.
Asked about reports that he suffers from mental health issues, Lee said they were ‘wrong’ and ‘inaccurate.’
His lawyer, however, has said he is receiving mental health services.