Suspect in Celebrity Dave Chappelle’s Attack Faces Felony Charges for Stabbing Roommate


Isaiah Lee, the man accused of attacking celebrity comedian Dave Chappelle on stage in early May, has been charged in a separate case with attempted murder of his roommate.

On Thursday, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that the 23-year old has been charged with attempted murder. The indictment stems from a December stabbing of his roommate, months before his alleged assault on Chapelle. Prosecutors claim Lee stabbed his roommate after an argument on December 2 at a transitional housing unit. The victim reported the event to the police after recognizing the attacker from media reports on his alleged attack on Chappelle and identified Lee as the offender in the case.

Lee was arrested on 3 May at the Hollywood Bowl for reportedly rushing the stage and attacking Chappelle during his stand-up show. According to authorities, Lee was carrying an imitation handgun with a huge blade that folded out of it, similar to a pocket knife, which was photographed. The celebrity was unharmed and went on to finish the ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ comedy festival gig. He later described how he persuaded security to let him talk with Lee and ask him about the attack. Lee told Chappelle a story about his grandmother from Brooklyn, who was forced out of her community due to gentrification. He assumed that the attack would bring it to light.

Lee has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of violence, assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of interference with a public event. Since the attack, he has been imprisoned. His next court appearance is slated for June 2 in Los Angeles criminal court. The name of Lee’s attorney in the criminal case was not immediately known. The Los Angeles Police Department is still investigating the situation.

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