Judge Won’t Reduce Bail for Chappelle Attack Suspect – Los Angeles

Tuesday’s bail reduction was denied by a judge to the man accused of confronting Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl during a comedy festival performance.

Isaiah Lee, 23 years old, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom as part of a bail review hearing. Judge Armenui Amy Ashvanian from Los Angeles Superior Court declined to reduce Lee’s bail. Lee will be held with bail of $30,000.

Lee will be required to stay at least 100 feet from Chappelle, Chappelle Bowl and other venues where Chappelle performs, if Lee posts bail and is released. He was also told last week not to visit Chappelle’s houses.

Lee will be back in court on May 20th for a pretrial hearing.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has charged Lee with three misdemeanors: battery, possession of weapon with intent of assault, unauthorized access of the stage area during performance, and commission of an act which delays an event or interferes in the lives of a performer.

During an initial court appearance last Wednesday, he pleaded guilty.

Lee was initially arrested by the LAPD on suspicion of felony attack with a deadly instrument. However, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined felony charges against Lee and referred the case to the city attorney to bring down the charges.

Lee is accused of running onto the Hollywood Bowl stage where Chappelle was performing in the Netflix Is A Joke Festival on May 3. Lee was carrying a replica of a handgun and a knife blade, which could have been ejected according to the LAPD. However, the district attorney’s office confirmed that Lee didn’t use the weapon through slow-motion video.

Staff members of Securty subdued Lee after he sustained an arm injury in the scuffule. Jamie Foxx, actor/comedian, was one of those who ran to protect Chappelle.

Chappelle was not hurt.

Gabriel Colwell, Chappelle’s lawyer, called the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decision not to bring any felony charges against the case a “travesty of justice.”

“It’s a travesty of justice that (DA George) Gascón is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony,”Colwell spoke to the New York Post Friday. “The city attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.

“…Entertainers in L.A. need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”

Last week, the District Attorney’s Office issued an official statement.

“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,”According to the DA statement.

Authorities are still trying to determine the motive behind the attack.

Chappelle stated that he spoke to the attacker at Comedy Store before he was taken off by paramedics. He claimed that he was trying raise awareness about Brooklyn’s poor living conditions.


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