Dave Chappelle attacker Isaiah Lee charged with attempted murder after publicity alerted victim!
After the attack on Chappelle, Lee was arrested and charged at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood station and his bail was set at $30,000
Isaiah Lee, the accused man who attacked David Chappelle earlier this month onstage during his set at the 'Netflix Is a Joke Festival', is now charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his roommate five months ago in December 2021. Due to the great publicity generated after Chappelle's attack, the victim recognized Lee as the person who committed the assault that he reported earlier in December to the police.
Chappelle has been in the news for his unsolicited remarks about the transgender community and has been highly criticized for the remark he made about Lee. After the attack on Chappelle, Lee was arrested and charged at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood station and his bail was set at $30,000. According to the police, Lee was in possession of a gun-shaped knife while attacking Chappelle.
An arrest has been made in an incident where a comedian was attacked while on stage at the Hollywood Bowl. Isaiah Lee was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon and bail is set at $30,000.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 4, 2022
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Yet again, Lee is facing an attempt to murder charges as he stabbed his roommate during a fight on December 2 at a transitional housing apartment, claim authorities. According to the police, with so much media coverage on Chappelle's attack, "the victim recently identified Lee as the person who committed the assault he had previously reported to the police."
"The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime," said George Gascón, District Attorney. "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", he added.
However, on Thursday, May 18, Lee pleaded not guilty to the charge and the case still remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Since the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident at the Oscars, the comedians have become vulnerable to such attacks. According to many comedians and club owners, the media coverage that the Rock incident gained has impacted such attacks on comedians. And, to many, the attack on Chappelle was fueled by Smith's action of smacking Rock. Rock also appeared on the stage after Chappelle was attacked and joked, "Was that Will Smith?"
According to Jamie Masada, Laugh Factory club’s owner, Smith’s actions at the 94th Academy Awards toward Chris Rock all but opened the door for showgoers for attacking whichever performer is on stage at the moment. "People are going on the stage just trying to make a name for themselves and I think what Will Smith did actually encouraged the violence and that's a horrible thing. We've got to stop violence," he told Fox News.
Adding on to this, Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up New York comedy club also gave his statement. "Pre the Will Smith incident, I feel like there was an invisible fence around comedians, right? People just didn't breach the invisible fence. Comedians can make jokes whether they were offensive or not. People didn't attack the stage," he said.