The man who attacked comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in May has been sentenced to nearly nine months in prison.
Isaiah Lee, 24, who failed to contest a misdemeanor charge and a charge of entering a restricted area during a live event, was sentenced to 270 days in county jail on Wednesday, according to Los Angeles prosecutors.
In August, Lee’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Chelsea Padilla, requested that her client be placed in a mental health diversionary program. Prosecutors denied the motion, and a judge denied Lee’s motion, which could have resulted in the charges against him being dismissed.
Padilla did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment on Thursday.
Lee remains behind bars after being separately charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing of his former roommate in December 2021. Mid-May, Los Angeles County Dist. atty George Gascón said “the publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle” led the stabbing victim to identify Lee to Los Angeles police officers.
On May 3, Lee jumped from the audience onto the Hollywood Bowl stage about halfway through Chappelle’s performance during the inaugural Netflix is a Joke comedy festival. In videos of the incident, Lee appeared to put his head down and attack Chappelle, throwing “The Closer” comic backwards. Lee fled to the back of the stage where he was arrested by security guards and slightly injured. Chappelle was not injured.
Lee was found to be carrying a 3-inch jackknife shaped to resemble a firearm but did not attempt to use the weapon during the attack, authorities said. It remains unclear how Lee was able to get on the show with a gun or how he got past security on stage.
According to the prosecutor, the weapon in the case will be destroyed.
During a performance at the Comedy Store days after the attack, Chappelle said he spoke to Lee before he was taken away by paramedics, and Lee shared a story about his Brooklyn grandmother, who had been driven from her neighborhood by gentrification. The attack was apparently intended to draw attention to their plight, Chappelle said.
Los Angeles prosecutors declined to file felony charges against Lee in the attack on the polarizing Emmy winner because the performer was not injured and Lee did not wield the gun, prosecutors said.
According to the LA County Sheriff’s inmate records, his next court date is scheduled for January 19.
Times contributor James Queally contributed to this report.
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