Attack suspect Dave Chappelle pleads not guilty to multiple counts of crimes


The accused man Comedian Dave Chappelle attacked City attorney Mike Foer said Thursday that on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles he faces multiple counts of misdemeanor counts. The announcement comes hours after officials said the 23-year-old suspect, identified as Isaiah Lee, would not face criminal charges.

According to Foer, Lee is charged with battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to a stage area during a performance, and committing an act that delays an event or interferes with the performer.

Lee pleaded not guilty to all four counts on Friday, according to CBS Los Angeles.

During Chappelle’s Night Show on Tuesday, Lee tackled the comedian and drew a weapon, which he later decided would be a replica of a pistol with a knife blade. Lee was arrested Tuesday night after being treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital and is now on $30,000 bail.

His attorney general argued that he needed to be released from prison meaning he could access mental health services and be placed in public housing, but the judge denied the request, CBS Los Angeles reported. The judge also said that if he paid bail he must stay at least 100 yards from Chapelle. If convicted, Lee could face a maximum sentence of 18 months, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office got hold of the case Thursday after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office reviewed evidence and declined to charge Lee with a felony.

Chappelle was not injured in the attack. A representative of the artist said that he is “fully cooperating with the active police investigation into this incident.”

“Chapelle’s Hollywood Bowl performances were epic, record-breaking, and his refusal to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment,” Sims said.

Tucker Reils and Zoe Kristen Jones contributed reporting.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct references to the accusations.

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