Just Joking: Dave Chappelle DENIES pals Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Jon Stewart hit his attacker
Days after the Oscars slap gate, an armed man bum-rushed comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 3. Luckily for Chappelle help was at hand and the man, later identified as Isaiah Lee, 23, was apprehended backstage while the comedian went on with his standup act.
Lee, however, was later pictured being taken out of the venue by the police on a stretcher, his hand cuffed to the stretcher and his face all puffed, cut and bloodied. It definitely did seem like Chappelle's assailant received a heavy pounding. After his mid-set attack, Chappelle gave a shout-out to his celebrity friends like Jamie Foxx and Busta Rhymes who rushed to his aid. TMZ later obtained a recording following the show, where Chappelle mentioned Jon Stewart while saying he was “proud” of those that jumped in to help him.“I watched him get kicked around, and I couldn’t believe it was my friends ’cause it’s so good what they do,” the 48-year-old comedian said. “I felt good my friends broke his arm. I felt good, how bad does a n***a have to be that Jon Stewart would stomp him! […] I’m very proud of them. Killing that n***a would have been stupid. Those are very powerful friends and I’m sharing [tonight] with people I love very much," he added.
A video taken outside the Hollywood Bowl shows the attacker on a stretcher with an apparent broken arm, as well as bruises and blood covering his face.
Isaiah Lee who attacked Dave Chappelle on stage was arrested Tuesday night. Dave’s security worked him over. Note to Isaiah: Dave is from DC and social media set you up for that. You picked the wrong one.#DaveChappelleAttacked #IsaiahLee #BlackTwitter pic.twitter.com/G7HdZetEda— LaLa 🦋 (@iamlalajones) May 4, 2022
Chappelle, 48, was uninjured in the attack. The weapon found at the scene was a handgun replica that contained a blade. After recovering from the surprise attack on stage Chappelle also called Foxx out on the stage and thanked him for participating. At the after-party, the comedian is reported to have told the crowd ... "you know you've crossed the line when Jon Stewart gets a few licks in of his own."
Chappelle's appreciation on-stage of his friends did stir up noise prompting people to believe that his 'very powerful friends' may have stomped all over Lee, leaving him in that state. Later, the comedian's spokesperson, Carla Sims, clarified that Chappelle's comments were simply part of his ever-evolving act. None of the three guys, Stewart, Busta Rhymes nor Jamie Foxx threw a punch or otherwise participated in the takedown. Stewart, Rhymes and Foxx probably appreciate the clarification.
Chappelle's attacker meanwhile, could also be feeling a bit grateful to LA District Attorney George Gascon who refused to charge him with felony assault.