Joe Rogan slammed the Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón who has refused to file felony charges against the suspect who attacked comedian Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl during his show.
The podcast host shared a headline on Instagram Thursday with his millions of followers from the Hollywood Reporter that read, “L.A. District Attorney Declines Felony Charges for Suspect in Dave Chappelle Hollywood Bowl Attack.” Rogan said that when “you see a that a person” “obviously” committed a “clear crime” and doesn’t get charged, it’s the kind of thing that “makes people lose faith in law enforcement.”
“When you see that a person commits a clear crime, and does it to one of the most loved performers alive, and does it in a very high profile public setting, and it gets captured on video, and you don’t charge that person for what they obviously did, it’s the kind of thing that makes people lose faith in law enforcement,” the podcast host captioned his post.
“That’s never good,” he added.
The screenshot he shared included a quote from a spokesperson with the district attorney’s office that read, “Prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct.”
Rogans’s post also included a repost of a comment from Saagar Enjeti, the co-host of “The Realignment” podcast and “Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar,” who asked, “What does somebody need to do to actually get charged with a crime in LA?”
The alleged attacker has been identified as Isaiah Lee, 23, of Los Angeles, as previously reported by The Daily Wire.
Lee was reportedly armed with a knife attached to a fake gun, LAPD spokesperson Lizeth Lomeli stated, reported the New York Post, which added, “Lee was booked just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and held on $30,000 bail, records show.”
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“So, this f***ing Dave Chappelle thing is crazy,” Rogan told his guest Tony Hinchcliffe. “Last night, I guess it was, someone attacked him at the Hollywood Bowl. He’s fine. I checked in with him today. He was laughing about it. He’s in good spirits.”
Rogan and his guest then watched video that surfaced on social media of a person appearing to run on stage and trying to tackle Chappelle, as the host called the suspect “crazy.”
“Clearly there’s something wrong with him,” the podcast host shared. “Look at, he just runs away. Oh my god, that guy’s never tackled anybody in his life.”
Rogan then reiterated his concern that this kind of thing was going to happen after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards when the comedian cracked a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head amid her hair loss battle.
“After the Chris Rock thing, that was one of the things I was worried about,” the host explained. “Are people thinking they are going to start smacking comedians now if they don’t like what they are saying? And what I’m thinking and what I’m worried about people thinking that’s justified.”