Isaiah Lee, Dave Chappelle suspect: 5 quick facts you need to know

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A screenshot from a video circulating on Twitter showing a person attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.

Isaiah Lee has been identified as the man suspected of assaulting Dave Chappelle live on stage during his Netflix performance in Hollywood. Lee, 23, is being held on $30,000 bail following the May 3, 2022 incident TMZ reports.

Videos are showing and police say the man jumped onto the stage during the comedian’s live performance in Hollywood and attacked him in an incident that was caught on video and shared on Twitter. Read on to watch videos of the incident and aftermath. The LAPD said the man was taken into custody without incident. Chappelle was not injured.

Here’s what you need to know about Isaiah Lee and the attack on Chappelle:


1. The Los Angeles Police Department said the man was armed with a fake gun and a knife

Police said the man who attacked Chappelle, now identified as Isaiah Lee, was armed with a replica gun and a knife. They confirmed they had responded to the Hollywood Bowl about an incident around 10:45 p.m. local time, while releasing some other details about the incident. They said the suspect was taken into custody.

The performance was part of Netflix Is a Joke Fest, a live Netflix comedy festival that began April 28 and runs through May 8. Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California at the time of the incident. according to his tour schedule.

According to TMZ, “law enforcement officials told TMZ the assailant actually aimed the gun at Chapelle as he charged at him. We were told the gun was not real, but a replica semi-automatic. There was also, oddly enough, a knife attached to the gun.” Journalist Sharon Carpenter tweeted, “Dave Chappelle was just attacked onstage at his show at the Hollywood Bowl. He was just finishing his performance when a man ran onto the stage, lunged at him and threw him to the ground. Security and his entourage then cornered the man while Dave joked about being ‘trapped’ backstage.”


2. Isaiah Lee faces felony charges, LAPD says; A motive for the attack is not yet known

Isaiah Lee Dave Chappelle suspect

GettyDave Chappelle attends the Opening Night Party presented by NETFLIX IS A JOKE at W Hollywood on April 28, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Isaiah Lee, 23, is accused of assaulting the comedian on stage days later.

Isaiah Lee has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon. This is reported by NBC Los Angeles. The LAPD told the news channel that the replica pistol “can eject a knife blade … if you discharge it properly.”

A motive for the attack has not yet been released and little information about Lee has been released. He is being held in prison and it was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer or spokesman who could speak out on his behalf. Heavy will update this report when a statement is released.

Los Angeles County Jail records show that Lee was arrested at 11:50 p.m. local time by the Hollywood Division of the LAPD and booked at 3:36 a.m. on May 4, 2022. A date and time for Lee’s first court appearance has not yet been set based on the prison records Heavy viewed.


3. Twitter users shared video of the incident and its aftermath, including Chris Rock joining Chappelle on stage and joking, “Was that Will Smith?”

Chappelle resumed the show after the incident, which was shared in videos circulated on Twitter. “Dave Chappelle just got attacked on stage,” he wrote Twitter account Hoodville.

The account shared a slow-motion video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media in the moments following the incident.

A 32-second version of the video was shared by Twitter user DoZay. It shows Chappelle reacting immediately after being attacked. Another video shows fellow comedian Chris Rock joining Chappelle on stage after the attack. Rock, who rose to fame at this year’s Oscars, joked, “Was that Will Smith?”

The video shows Rock hugging Chappelle on stage.


4. Isaiah Lee was injured after police said he attacked Chappelle, and Twitter users shared video of a man they said was the attacker being loaded into an ambulance

Twitter users wrote that the man who attacked Chappelle was injured and shared videos they claimed was the same person being loaded into an ambulance. Heavy could not immediately confirm that the man in the videos was the person who attacked Chappelle. According to NBC Los Angeles, the LAPD said the suspect suffered “superficial injuries.”

“Shouldn’t have done that,” a voice is heard saying to the man on the video.

Another video shows security forces frisking a man standing behind a barricade against a makeshift wall. At least one other person can be seen filming the incident while several others watch from the public area.

“Here’s the guy who jumped Dave Chappelle,” wrote Twitter user Lenny Del Earnhardt.

BuzzFeed news reporter Brianna Sacks also shared a video from the scene on Twitter and wrote: “Just coming from the Hollywood Bowl where a man attacked and assaulted Dave Chapelle on stage and got his ass kicked by at least 10 people. LAPD and LAFD are now loading him into an ambulance.”

Sacks added: “The show was just ending when the man jumped onto the stage and ran towards Chapelle, throwing him to the ground. The comedian had literally just said he felt more secure about all the uproar from his jokes about the trans community. Security et al rushed over and began punching and kicking Chapelle’s attacker. He was about to invite Talib Kweli and Mos Def to encode and we in the crowd were ecstatic as to what the heck is going on. Chapelle continued while the guy got punched in the back.”

bags added“What’s really surreal about it is that Chapelle was talking about Chris Rock and the slap in the face/new reality comedians are facing/more secure now that he and his wife are worried about him. He’s done a whole lot about a madman coming to his house and chasing him in his car. … While the attacker was being beaten up, Chapelle joked that he was probably a trans man.”


5. Chappelle said he’s never seen anything like it in more than 3 decades of performing

Continuing the show, Chappelle discussed the attack in a later video as he called Foxx onto the stage to join him. Chappelle first joked about his audience showing up at the end of his performance. “Oh, everyone’s coming out the curtain now,” he said.

He called Foxx onto the stage in front of a cheering crowd. “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx shows up with a sheriff’s hat,” Chappelle said.

Foxx joked that he thought the attack was part of the show. “I grabbed that shitty back of my head,” Chappelle said. “His hair was spongy. Absorbing.” He said he had never experienced anything like it. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a ***** backstage,” Chappelle said. “I’ve always wanted to do that.”

Foxx said Chappelle was a “genius” and needed protection in a video showing Chappelle and Foxx discussing the incident at the end of the show.

“Listen, I just want to say… this man is an absolute genius. We have to make sure we protect him at all times,” Foxx said. “For any comedian that comes out of here, it means everything. You are a genius. You are a legend and we will not let anything happen to you,” Foxx said.

appointment reported participants were not allowed to bring their phones in, so video of the incident was sparse.

“Apparently Chappelle was being hounded by someone on stage. Participants’ phones were confiscated at the gate, so video and even photos are very sparse, but a video posted appeared to show the man pounding into someone holding a microphone, possibly Chappelle,” Deadline wrote.

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