Dave Chappelle ‘upset’ attacker isn’t facing felony charge: lawyer

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Dave Chappelle 'upset' attacker isn't facing felony charge: lawyer

Dave Chappelle is “upset” his alleged armed attacker wasn’t hit with a felony charge after attacking him while holding a weapon on-stage at the Hollywood Bowl, his lawyer told The Post on Friday.

“We completely disagree with District Attorney George Gascòn’s decision to decline to change this as a felony offense,” the comic’s attorney Gabriel Colwell said. “The City Attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.”

The 48-year-old comedian’s lawyer called on the DA to reconsider the charges, shortly after Isaiah Lee, 23, pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges over the caught-on-camera attack on Chappelle during his Tuesday show.

“This was a violent assault that was perpetrated on an unsuspecting entertainer while he was giving a show in front of  thousands of people at the historic Hollywood Bowl,” Colwell, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said.

“The idea that [Lee] had a deadly weapon on him — one that was a replica of a handgun that had a knife — that is a violent assault.”

Weapon carried by Isaiah Lee, aka rapper Noname Trapper, when he attacked Chappelle.
Police released a photo of the weapon carried by Isaiah Lee during the attack.
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Chappelle is reportedly upset about the charges on his attacker.
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He added: “Entertainers in LA need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”


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The DA’s office was initially investigating the case after Lee was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon — but ended up referring it to the LA City Attorney’s Office on Thursday, saying the high-profile incident did not warrant felony charges.

“The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the city of Los Angeles,” the office said in a statement at the time.

Video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
Video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
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A few hours later, the LA City Attorney slapped Lee with four misdemeanor counts, including battery, possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer.

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