Man accused of assaulting Dave Chappelle, no appeal, sentenced to 270 days in prison


The man accused of assaulting comedian Dave Chappelle while performing at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year did not appeal on two charges and was subsequently sentenced to 270 days in county jail on Wednesday, officials said.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Ian Thompson told CNN that Isaiah Lee had no objections to misusing battery charges and entering a prohibited area during a live event.

Thompson said the defense filed a request for judicial diversion, a program that, when successfully completed, would result in the defendant’s case being dropped. Prosecutors opposed the motion, and the judge ultimately rejected it, he said.

CNN reached out to Lee’s attorney for comment.

Thompson said the weapon in the case, which prosecutors described as a replica of a pistol with a blade, would be destroyed.

Lee is also facing attempted murder charges for an entirely separate incident. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, he is accused of stabbing his roommate during a fight at a makeshift apartment last December. Lee pleaded not guilty when he went to court to face attempted murder charges in May.

“As a result of media coverage of the Chappelle case,” the victim recently identified Lee as the perpetrator of the attack, which she had previously reported to police, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“Based on the nature and gravity of the attack in December, Mr. Lee is now facing serious charges that my office will prosecute,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Chappelle was performing on “Netflix is ​​a Joke: The Festival” at the Bowl on May 3.

“She had finished her screening, and as she was leaving the stage, a male who was part of the audience jumped onto the stage and knocked this celebrity down,” Officer Lizeth Lomeli, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, previously told CNN.

Lomeli said that Lee was arrested and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Chappelle representative Carla Sims released a statement after the attack and said: “As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show.”

“Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the evening’s final and prominent musical guests,” Sims said, adding that Chappelle was “fully cooperating” with the police investigation into the incident.

“We deeply care about the safety of creators and strongly advocate for stand-up comedians’ right to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN after the incident.

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