The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle onstage at the Hollywood Bowl during the Netflix Is A Joke festival has been identified and arrested by Los Angeles police. Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday night, according to the police.
According to the LAPD, the dangerous weapon in question is a plastic replica gun with a knife blade. Lee was transported to the Hollywood Station of the LAPD.
Mendez, the LAPD’s Public Information Officer, confirmed to Deadline this morning that Lee is being held on $30,000 bail. Lee was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries he acquired in the altercation that led to his arrest, according to the statement. Lee was arrested and charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon after receiving medical care and being declared fit to stand trial.
According to the report, Chappelle was unharmed by the assault.
The Netflix Is A Joke Festival’s Dave Chappelle’s Hollywood Bowl Show, which was part of the festival, was live-streamed and shared on social media tonight.
While performing, Chappelle was rushed by an audience member. There are no videos or images from the event because phones were confiscated at the gate, although one video showed a man slamming into someone holding a microphone, which may have been Chastity Chappelle.
Security and possibly fellow comedian Jamie Foxx were credited with apprehending the man, according to reports posted online.
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At approximately 10:45 p.m., LAPD officers were dispatched to the Bowl to investigate a possible disturbance, according to ABC7. It was reported that a man had been detained. He reportedly had a knife and a revolver on him.
There has been a lot of backlash towards Chappelle for his transphobic comments in his Netflix special The Closer, and it appears that he made a joke about it in a video that was shared online.
A man with a mutilated arm was seen being put into an ambulance by showgoers who had received their phones back after the attack, according to videos uploaded outside the venue.
It appears as Chappelle and Jamie Foxx raced onstage to apprehend the individual who was heading toward Chappelle at the end of the concert.
By way of thank you, the headliner added, “Jamie Foxx will appear in a sheriff’s cap whenever you’re in trouble.”
Foxx says, “I felt that was part of the entertainment.”
“I grabbed the back of that N*****’s head,” said Chappelle. “His hair was all spongey!”
Later the comedian sounded a note of both shock and levity saying, “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a N***** backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Foxx chimed in on a more serious note.
“Listen, I just want to say…
this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times,” said Foxx. “For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”
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Foxx left the stage, and as the audience was ushered off, Chappelle urged, “Everybody compose yourselves.”
Will Smith’s slap on Chris Rock at the Oscars, as well as Chappelle’s statements in The Closer, have prompted this incident. Many comedians were concerned about the inspiration it could give to imitators in the wake of that incident.
At the time, Kathy Griffin commented, “Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theatres.”
On tonight’s episode of Chappelle’s, Rock was one of the guests. A witness claims that as soon as the incident occurred, he stepped out, hugged Chappelle, and asked: “Was that Will Smith?”
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