Man charged in assault on Dave Chappelle pleads not guilty

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FILE – Dave Chappelle appears during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland. Chappelle was attacked during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday May 3, 2022. Security forces chased and subdued the attacker, and Chappelle was able to continue his performance while the man was taken away in an ambulance. (AP Photo/David Richard, file)

LOS ANGELES – A man charged with assaulting comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl pleaded not guilty to four counts on Friday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, pleads not guilty to battery charges in a Los Angeles courtroom for possessing a deadly weapon with intent to attack the unlawful passage from an audience area to a stage at a theatrical event and to such an event disrupt or delay unlawful conduct.

Lee, who remains detained, was ordered to remain at least 100 yards (91 meters) from Chappelle, whose attorney called at the hearing to seek the protective order.

Authorities say Lee was arrested Tuesday night after he stormed onto the stage during Chappelle’s set at the last of four nights at the Hollywood Bowl, which was part of the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival.

According to police, who released a photo of the weapon, he was carrying a replica pistol with a large blade that could be folded out much like a pocket knife.


The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office found he had committed no crimes and referred the case to the LA City Attorney’s Office, who charged him with the four misdemeanors.

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