Dave Chappelle attack: Suspect charged with assault with a deadly weapon

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The suspect in Dave Chappelle’s on stage attack has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was carrying a replica gun with a knife blade inside when he attacked Chappelle during the Hollywood Bowl, police say. Authorities describe him as a Black male with black hair and brown eyes, who stands 5-foot-11 tall and weighs about 140 pounds. The suspect, who resides in the Los Angeles area, is being held on $30,000 bail.

Chappelle was performing as part of the “Netflix is a Joke” tour when he was attacked.

Videos of the incident showed Lee jumping on stage and tackling Chappelle. The suspect was injured and taken from the scene in an ambulance.

Dave Chappelle attends the opening night party presented by "Netflix Is a Joke" on April 28, 2022, in Hollywood, California.

Dave Chappelle attends the opening night party presented by “Netflix Is a Joke” on April 28, 2022, in Hollywood, California.
(Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Netflix)

COMEDIAN DAVE CHAPPELLE ATTACKED ON STAGE WHILE PERFORMING AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN LOS ANGELES

He was swiftly taken away by security and other individuals, who repeatedly hit the man just off-stage, videos appear to show.

Immediately following the attack, Chappelle remained on stage and thanked security, before joking about the incident and describing the individual who attacked him as a “trans man.”

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The suspect in Chappelle's attack Tuesday night was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to LAPD.

The suspect in Chappelle’s attack Tuesday night was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to LAPD.

Chappelle makes several jokes about the trans community in his standup routine and even boasted during Tuesday night’s performance that he has been recently forced to increase his security amid new threats.

The attack took place toward the end of Chappelle’s standup routine. The comedian thanked both Busta Rhymes and Jamie Foxx for helping out following the attack. 

“Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat,” he told the audience.

Chappelle was helped by Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Chris Rock following the incident.

Chappelle was helped by Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Chris Rock following the incident.

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Comedian Chris Rock, who was slapped in the face by Will Smith while on stage at the Oscars, also appeared on the stage. The comedian joked, “Was that Will Smith?” following the physical attack on Chappelle.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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