The man accused of assaulting Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl has been charged with four misdemeanors – after Los Angeles County prosecutors announced he would not be charged with any felonies.
The os Angeles City Attorney’s Office has now charged Isaiah Lee, 23, with battery, possession of a weapon with intent to attack, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and committing an act that delays an event or disrupts a performer.
In a video statement posted to Twitter, District Attorney Mike Feuer — a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles — said: “This alleged assault must have consequences.
“My office takes the protection of public safety very seriously and we will pursue this case vigorously.”
It comes after the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office said prosecutors had concluded that while it did constitute criminal conduct, the evidence did not constitute a crime.
It referred the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which will review possible misdemeanor charges.
A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said: “The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has referred the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for consideration of a misdemeanor filing.
“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct was involved, the evidence presented did not constitute criminal conduct.
“The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the City of Los Angeles.”
In the US, crimes classified as felonies are considered more serious and carry a more severe penalty, while misdemeanors are considered less serious, although they can still result in fines or imprisonment.
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Chappelle, 48, was performing Tuesday night as part of the Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles when he was “attacked” by a man who stormed onto the stage.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) later arrested 23-year-old Lee, who was carrying a replica knife-bladed weapon, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The incident happened as Chappelle was exiting the show and thanking the comedians who had performed before him, including Chris Rock, Leslie Jones and Jon Stewart.
Hollywood star Jamie Foxx, a close friend of Chappelle, came on stage to check the comic was okay before reportedly helping to apprehend the alleged attacker.
A video posted to social media appeared to show a man, reported by US media as a suspected attacker, being put into an ambulance with a badly injured arm.
The uproar comes after Rock was beaten onstage by Will Smith at the Oscars, leading some members of the comedy community to wonder if it remains safe to perform in public.
Chappelle later released a statement through his rep, noting that his four-day run at the Hollywood Bowl ties him to Monty Python for the most-headlined shows of any comedian at that famed venue.
The statement added that Chappelle “refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.”
Chappelle previously faced backlash over comments about transgender people on his Netflix comedy special The Closer.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/man-23-accused-of-attacking-dave-chappelle-on-stage-charged-with-misdemeanour-41619972.html Man, 23, accused of assaulting Dave Chappelle on stage faces misdemeanor charges