Dave Chappelle’s attacker will not be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, DA’s office says

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The man who attacked Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday will not face felony charges despite carrying a replica gun with a folding knife blade attached to it.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón’s office on Thursday declined to file a felony charge against 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he tackled Chappelle.

“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has referred the matter to the Los Angeles City District Attorney’s Office for review,” said Greg Risling, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. , to Fox News Digital in a statement Thursday.

Dave Chappelle speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland.
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“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors have determined that although criminal conduct did occur, the evidence presented did not constitute criminal conduct. The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanors in the City of Los Angeles. “

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Lee is still being held on $30,000 bond.

Sources told the Los Angeles Times that Lee did not appear to be wielding the gun during his assault on Chappelle. And the gun was inside a bag Lee was carrying, prompting prosecutors to drop a deadly weapon charge.

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An investigation to determine how Lee not only made his way into the Bowl with the weapon, but how he got to center stage before charging Chappelle is underway.

“Anyone who arms himself with a deadly weapon, in this case a knife, and violently attacks an innocent person, famous or not, should be charged accordingly,” Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Hatami told AFP. Fox News Digital.

The legendary Laugh Factory in Los Angeles shows its support for comedian Dave Chappelle on Wednesday May 4, 2022 after the "sticks and stones" speaker was approached during his "Netflix is ​​a joke: the festival" performance at the famous Hollywood Bowl.
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Los Angeles’ legendary Laugh Factory shows its support for comedian Dave Chappelle on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 after the “Sticks and Stones” speaker was tackled during his “Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival” performance at the famed Hollywood Bowl.
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“With only a misdemeanor charge, the person could be released soon, with just a slap on the wrist. This does no justice to the victim, does not account for that person’s actions and does not protect the general public. These concepts, however, like public safety and justice, which most of us value, are concepts that George Gascón cares less about.”

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After Chappelle was attacked during his concert at the “Netflix Is A Joke” festival on Tuesday night, comedy club owners say they “stand with” Chappelle but urge the public to “protect our comics! “

Chappelle doubled down on a joke that the attacker “was a trans man”, a reference to his recent schism with the community after many called Chappelle a transphobe for his jokes during his Netflix stand-up special “The Closer”.

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Chris Rock also appeared on stage after Chappelle was attacked and joked, “Was that Will Smith?”

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