The man accused in the attack on comedian Dave Chappelle by rushing onto the Hollywood Bowl stage this month has been charged for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his roommate over five months ago.
According to the Los Angeles County district attorney, Isaiah Lee was linked to the December stabbing by attention received from the attack at the Netflix Is a Joke Comedy Festival on May 3.
Lee pleaded not guilty to the attempted killing charge Thursday. Lee is accused of stabbing his girlfriend in a fight that took place at a transitional housing unit on Dec. 2.
“The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl was misdemeanor conduct and rightfully referred to the City Attorney’s Office. Based on the nature and severity of the December attack, Mr. Lee is now facing felony charges which my office will prosecute.”
According to a statement by the DA’s Office, Lee was identified as the victim of the stabbing after media reports regarding the Chappelle attack. The video was also captured by the DA.
Lee, 23 years old, appeared in Los Angeles courtroom on May 10, at the bail review hearing for the Hollywood Bowl case. His bail was set at $30,000.
Lee will return to court on May 20, for a pretrial Hearing.
Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has charged Lee with single misdemeanor charges of battery and possession of a gun with intent to assassinate, unauthorized entry to the stage area during performances, and commissioning an act that delays an occasion or interferes in the performance of a performer.
During an initial court appearance, he did not plead guilty.
Lee was initially charged by the LAPD with felony assault using a deadly weapon. But the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined the charge and referred Lee’s case to the city lawyer for the lesser charges.
Lee is accused in rushing Chappelle’s performance at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival stage at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3, where he was holding a replica handgun. Lee had a replica pistol with a knife blade. He could be removed, the LAPD stated. But, slow-motion video from the district attorney’s office proved that Lee did not use that weapon.
Lee sustained an arm injury in the scuffle, and security personnel subdued him. Jamie Foxx, actor and comedian, was one of those who ran to protect Chappelle.
Chappelle was uninjured.