LOS ANGELES (KNX) – During a secret show in Los Angeles Thursday, comedian Dave Chappelle told audience members he talked with the man who attacked him during his Hollywood Bowl performance.
Chappelle told the audience inside the infamous Comedy Store that he asked security at the venue if he could speak with his attacker, 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, according to multiple reports.
Chappelle added that Lee seemed to be mentally ill, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I needed to talk to him,” the comedian told the audience.
Chappelle went on to say he asked Lee why he did it, and Lee allegedly told the comedian that his grandmother was being kicked out of her neighborhood because of gentrification and that he wanted to draw attention to it.
When Chris Rock joined Chappelle on stage, the two joked about being attacked while performing to which Chappelle said, “At least you got smacked by someone of repute. I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair!"
Lee was arrested after the incident and was held on a felony charge of assault, but on Thursday L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón said he would not pursue felony charges and passed it on to the city attorney.
The city attorney’s office charge Lee with single misdemeanor counts of battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer, according to City News Service.