No felony charge for man who tackled Dave Chappelle onstage

The man who assaulted comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl will not be charged with felony charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Thursday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said after he rushed the stage near the end of Chappelle’s set in the last of a four-night stay at the open-air amphitheater as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival.

Lee was carrying a replica pistol with a large blade that folded out, similar to a pocket knife, according to a photo released by police.

“After examining the evidence, prosecutors have determined that while criminal behavior has occurred, the evidence presented does not constitute a crime,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

This photo combination from the Los Angeles Police Department shows the fake gun with the real knife inside that was taken from the man who attacked Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl. (Los Angeles Police Department via The Associated Press)

The case has been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes crimes within the city. An email requesting comment from the office was not immediately returned.

Prison records showed that Lee was still being held on Thursday in lieu of a $30,000 bail, Mendez said. It was not immediately known whether he had engaged a lawyer and the motive for the attack was unclear.

Chappelle joked about safety

Backstage people, including actor Jamie Foxx and rapper Busta Rhymes, stormed onto the stage to help Chappelle.

Guards chased and overpowered Lee, who was taken away in an ambulance for treatment of an unspecified injury.

“Chappelle’s performances at the Hollywood Bowl were epic and record-breaking and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” Chapelle’s publicist Carla Sims said in a statement.

Chappelle was attacked while finishing a routine of how comedians should be more concerned about their personal safety in the wake of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, where Oscar-winning actor Will Smith Chris Rock performed live. television joked about his wife in response.

Rock was also in the wings at Chappelle’s show. He picked up the microphone and jokingly asked, “Was that Will Smith?”

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