Man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charges

Dave Chappelle attends the Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2022 in Paris, France.
Dave Chappelle attends the Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2022 in Paris, France. Photo credit Kristy Sparow/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) – The man accused of tackling comedian Dave Chappelle during his set at the Hollywood Bowl pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges on Friday.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office charged 23-year-old Isaiah Lee with multiple charges, including battery and possession of a weapon with intent to assault.

If the 23-year-old is convicted on the charges, he faces up to 18 months in prison and/or fined up to $4,000.

Lee will remain in jail unless he posts the $30,000 bail, according to City News Service. Should he post bail, Lee has been ordered to stay away from Chappelle as well as the Hollywood Bowl.

Lee appeared in a downtown Los Angeles court with his right arm in a sling, according to multiple outlets.

On Tuesday night, Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix Is A Joke Festival when authorities say Lee went onstage and tackled the comedian. Venue security and Chappelle’s security and friends – including actor and comedian Jamie Foxx – went on stage to help the comedian.

Police said Lee had a replica gun on him that contained a knife.

During a secret show Thursday night, Chappelle revealed he actually spoke to Lee and said that Lee told the comedian he did it because he was trying to bring attention to his grandmother being kicked out of her apartment due to gentrification.

Officials at the Hollywood bowl announced they’re increasing security measures following the attack.

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