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Man who attacked Dave Chappelle on stage accused of attempting to murder roommate


The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle at a Hollywood show earlier this month was charged Thursday with attempted murder of his roommate, authorities said.

Isaiah Lee, 23, is charged with stabbing the roommate during a Dec. 2 fight in transitional housing, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The roommate reported the assault to authorities but did not identify his assailant as Lee until after the May 3 incident with the comedian at the Hollywood Bowl was publicized, according to the statement.

Isaiah Lee, the Los Angeles man accused of taking to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl and attacking comedian Dave Chappelle, recently appeared in court.KNBC

Additional details about the fight or the delay in identifying Lee were not immediately available. A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lee pleaded not guilty in a hearing Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said.

It was unclear if Lee had an attorney to speak on his behalf. The attorney representing him in the Hollywood Bowl case did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new allegation.

Lee has been charged with four misdemeanors in the case involving Chappelle after video posted to social media showed a man running onto the stage and attacking the artist, who was playing night four of ‘Dave Chappelle and Friends “, around 10:40 p.m.

Authorities said Lee was armed with a replica handgun with a knife blade, but sources familiar with the incident told NBC News he did not.

The Los Angeles Police Department initially charged Lee with felony assault with a deadly weapon, but the district attorney’s office – which prosecutes the crimes – referred the case to the city attorney for possible misdemeanor charges. .

Lee has been charged with assault, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage during a performance and committing an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer. . He pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have not identified a possible motive. If convicted, Lee faces a maximum of a year and a half in prison and a $4,000 fine.

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