The man who attacked Dave Chappelle on stage during a comedy show in Los Angeles could potentially have his case thrown out if he is found mentally ill, DailyMail.com has learned.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after charging the comedian with a knife during his May 3 performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Wearing a yellow jail top and blue pants, and with his hands cuffed behind his back, Lee appeared in Downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing.
His lawyer, Chelsea Padilla, has announced that she plans to file a motion asking Judge Armenui Ashvanian to send Lee away for “mental health diversion”.
Judge Ashvanian has scheduled another hearing for August 23 to hear the request, which the Los Angeles District Attorney “will likely oppose”, prosecutor Giselle Fernandez told DailyMail.com in court.
Isaiah Lee, 23, appeared in Los Angeles Criminal Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing on misdemeanor assault charges after attacking comedian Dave Chappelle onstage in May
Lee was seen wearing a yellow prison top and blue pants, and with his hands cuffed behind his back during the court proceedings
Lee is accused of storming the Hollywood Bowl stage with a folding knife and attempting to tackle Chappelle in front of the public on May 3
Fernandez explained that mental health diversion is a “complicated process in which it would be argued that a defendant does not have full mental competence.”
She added that Judge Ashvanian would have to agree to the mental health diversion, and if Lee complied with all of the judge’s orders and the terms of the diversion, “the charges could be dismissed.”
Under California law, a mental health diversion would give a defendant the option of undergoing a mental health treatment program instead of incarceration or traditional sentences.
Charges would be dropped once the review is passed the terms and conditions of the program.
Lee is accused of storming the Hollywood Bowl stage with a replica handgun containing a large blade that folded like a pocket knife, and attempting to tackle Chappelle in front the audience which included distinguished guests such as Elon Musk.
People standing backstage at the stage, including actor Jamie Foxx and rapper Busta Rhymes, rushed to the stage in an attempt to help Chappelle.
The comedian managed to avoid the attack and was unharmed, but was clearly caught off guard by the ambush.
Security guards chased and subdued Lee, who was arrested and taken to an ambulance with a broken arm after the fight.
Security guards chased and subdued Lee, who was arrested and taken to an ambulance with a broken arm after the fight
The alleged attacker is accused of charging towards Chappelle with this replica handgun containing a large blade that folded like a pocket knife
Lee’s lawyer told court she would file for ‘mental health diversion’ – which could allow her to seek treatment instead of jail time
He was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault and battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage during a performance, and committing an act that delays the event or interferes with the performance. ‘interpreter.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
At arraignment in June, Lee was also charged with attempted murder for a separate incident last December in which he allegedly stabbed his roommate at a “transitional housing program” typically used by homeless people.
LA District Attorney George Gascon credited the publicity surrounding the assault on Chappelle with helping the attempted murder victim identify Lee as her attacker in the previous episode.
“The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime,” Gascon said in a statement.
Lee has a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 19 on the attempted murder charge.
In a prison interview about the Hollywood Bowl incident, he said he was not amused by Chappelle’s humor and that he attacked the comic because he was “triggered” by his gay and homeless jokes.
“I identify as bisexual and I wanted him to know what he was saying triggering,” Lee said from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles where he is being held.
“I wanted him to know that next time he should first consider getting his material through people it might affect.”
Lee, 23, said last month he attacked Chappelle because he found his comedy ‘trigger’
The incident took place while Chappelle was filming the last of a four-night stay at the Hollywood Bowl that was part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival.
Lee said he was excited to see Chappelle’s show, recorded live for Netflix, but grew increasingly angry at the content.
He had previously been homeless and said the jokes made him emotional and upset.
“I’m also a single dad and my son is five,” Lee added.
“It’s a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke.”
He said his breaking point came when another comedian on the show’s lineup made a joke about pedophilia, which Lee said brought back memories of him being assaulted at age 17 years old.