The man who allegedly attacked comedian Dave Chappelle onstage at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night has been identified.
Isaiah Lee, 23, of Los Angeles, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after that incident; he had reportedly been armed with a blade-firing fake gun, LAPD spokesperson Lizeth Lomeli stated, according to the New York Post, which added, “Lee was booked just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and held on $30,000 bail, records show.”
The Daily Wire reported on Wednesday:
Footage also showed Chappelle joking about how he “stomped a n—a backstage” after the attack. Chappelle, who has been harshly criticized by the trans community for his jokes about transgenders, continued the show undaunted, reportedly quipping, “It was a trans man. … I am going to kill that n*****.”
“Shout out to Jamie Foxx by the way,” he added to Foxx on stage after the curtain call, The Daily Mail reported. “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.”
“I thought that was part of the show, I didn’t know what the f***,” Foxx replied.
“I grabbed the back of that n**** head. His hair was spongy. Absorbent,” Chappelle joked.
Foxx then saluted Chappelle: “Listen, I just want to say, this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times. … For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.”
“I’ve been doing this for 35 years,” Chappelle noted, then joked, “I just stomped a n**** backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Comedian Chris Rock, who was infamously attacked by actor Will Smith at the Academy Awards and was scheduled to perform after Chapelle, joined Chappelle on stage after the assault and joked, “Was that Will Smith?”
Chappelle quickly replied: “I thought it was you for a second!”
Lee was reported as being 5’10 and 140 pounds; his address was reportedly at a Los Angeles homeless shelter.
“He was also hospitalized after security pounced on him, with video showing his arm twisted and apparently snapped,” the Post noted.