REVEALED: Dave Chappelle attacker wrote rap song about the comedian in 2020 and uploaded sinister Instagram video the day he stormed stage at Netflix festival
- The comedian, 48, was performing at the Netflix is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles
- The attacker has been named as Isaiah Lee, 23; he is now in LA County Sheriff’s custody
- Lee has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon – police say he was carrying a knife and replica gun
- He had dedicated a 2020 rap song to Chappelle on YouTube and was an amateur rapper
- Lee also uploaded a video on Instagram yesterday in the same outfit he was arrested in, but gave no indication of what he had planned
- Chappelle was uninjured and continued with his set, joking the attacker was a ‘trans man’
- He had been joking about the woke brigade trying to cancel him over recent trans jokes when Lee stormed the stage
- Chris Rock then performed and joked that the attacker was Will Smith following the Oscars ‘slap gate’ incident
- Stars including Elon Musk, Beyonce and Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Madonna and Christina Milian were all at the show
The 23-year-old who attacked Dave Chappelle last night is a wannabe rapper who named one of his songs after the comedian two years ago.
Isaiah Lee is now being held in the LA County Sheriff’s custody on a single felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. His bail has been set at $30,000. Lee’s motive for the attack remains unclear. Police have not yet established where he lives, and if he attended the show alone.
Lee posted rap videos on YouTube going back to 2020. One, uploaded in June, is titled ‘Dave Chappell’. He makes repeated reference to ‘jokes’ in the song, but it’s unclear if he was a fan.
Before storming the stage at the Netflix is a Joke Festival on Tuesday night, he uploaded an Instagram story of himself in the same outfit he was arrested in.
Lee is now in custody being held on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. His motive for the attack remains unclear. The attacker was armed with a gun that contained a hidden knife, according to the cops. It’s unclear if he was searched on his way into the venue, or how he was able to gain access to the stage.
Chappelle was uninjured and carried on with the show.
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Lee posted rap videos on YouTube going back to 2020. One, uploaded in June, is titled ‘Dave Chappelle’. He makes repeated reference to ‘jokes’ in the song, but it’s unclear if he was a fan
The title of the amateur rapper’s June 2020 song is Dave Chappell, a misspelled version of the comedian’s name
Isaiah Lee, 23, is removed on a gurney and in handcuffs after trying to attack Dave Chappelle at his show in Hollywood on Tuesday night
Lee is now in the custody of LA County Sheriffs. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon
The 23-year-old was taken into custody at the event, then was taken to the hospital. He is now in jail
Footage later appears to show the suspect being treated by paramedics for a badly injured arm before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance
The 23-year-old was taken to the hospital on Tuesday night
Dave Chappelle was last night attacked on stage while filming a Netflix special in Los Angeles
Chris Rock, who performed later in the event last night and was similarly subjected to a violent outburst on stage at the Oscars in March, came on stage and joked: ‘Was that Will Smith?’, with Jimmy Carr standing behind
Chris Rock later came to the stage and joked that it was Will Smith who attacked Chappelle, while Jimmy Carr stood shocked in the background at the ‘crazy’ gig
Chappelle, who sparked outrage in the trans community with controversial comments in a Netflix show last year, appeared to be uninjured
Lee was then tackled by security guards who appeared to break his arm in the melee. He is described as weighing 140lbs and is 5ft 11.
It raises questions about security at the Netflix show, its first ever live comedy festival, which forced fans to put their phones away but failed to spot the weapon. Netflix has not yet addressed the incident.
The venue said on its website that the show, which last night was titled Dave Chappelle and Friends, would be a ‘phone-free experience’ and that the audience would have to secure their phones inside pouches.
After the attacker was detained, Chappelle thanked Foxx on stage during the curtain call. He said: ‘Shout out to Jamie Foxx by the way.
‘Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.’
Foxx replied: ‘I thought that was part of the show, I didn’t know what the f***…’
Chappelle said: ‘I grabbed the back of that n**** head. His hair was spongy. Absorbent.’
Foxx added: ‘Listen, I just want to say, this man is an absolute genius. We’ve got to make sure we protect him at all times.
‘For every comedian who comes out here, this means everything. You’re a genius. You’re a legend, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and we’re not going to let nothing happen to you.’
Chappelle said: ‘I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I just stomped a n**** backstage. I’ve always wanted to do that.’
After the attack, Jimmy Carr shared a selfie taken with the fellow comedian and described his Los Angeles show as ‘crazy’.
He tweeted: ‘The Hollywood Bowl show with the legendary Dave Chappelle was crazy. Just happy everyone’s ok.’
Chappelle came under fire last year over jokes about trans people in his Netflix comedy show The Closer.
Stars: Madonna, 63, looked pensive as she headed to Nice Guy restaurant with friends after the event while Christina, 40, (right) was seen covering her mouth with her hand in shock
Night out: Celebrities Madonna (pictured), Christina Milian and Karrueche Tran were seen leaving the Hollywood Bowl late on Tuesday night after attending Dave Chappelle’s comedy show where he was tackled on stage in a dramatic attack
Chappelle, pictured at the opening night of the Netflix is a Joke festival last week, came under fire last year over jokes about trans people in his Netflix comedy show The Closer
The venue said on its website that the show, which last night was titled Dave Chappelle and Friends, would be a ‘phone-free experience’
In the aftermath, the confused audience left the arena as the attacker was taken to hospital to treat his injured arm
Footage from the event shows panicked security chasing the attacker round the stage after he ran up and attacked the comedian
After the attack, Jimmy Carr shared a selfie taken with the fellow comedian and described his Los Angeles show as ‘crazy’
During the controversial special, he made one comment stating that ‘gender is a fact’, prompting Netflix staff to protest and mass outrage on social media against some of his jokes.
He also shared his backing for JK Rowling, who has also attracted criticism for her remarks about biological sex.
In the special, he stated that he does not hate transgender people, and tells a long anecdote about a trans woman comic, who he describes as a friend, who came to his defense in earlier entanglements with the community.
Chappelle added: ‘Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact.’
In the contentious special, Chappelle also joked that women today view transwomen the same way black people might view white women wearing blackface, and remarked that women are entitled to feel anger toward transwomen, since Caitlyn Jenner won Glamour magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year award.
‘I’d be mad as sh*t if I was a woman,’ Chappelle said.
The star also joked about the anatomy of transwomen, joking that they lacked real female reproductive organs and that they did not have blood but ‘beet juice’.
The comments prompted calls for Netflix to take down the show, but boss Ted Sarandos told staff that ‘content on screen doesn’t translate to real-world harm’.
Those who have criticized Chapelle’s jokes have specifically cited the physical danger faced by the trans community as a result of anti-trans ideology.
Chris Rock performed later in the event last night and was similarly subjected to a violent outburst on stage at the Oscars in March
The attack comes weeks after Will Smith attacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, raising fears it would inspire similar violent protests against performers.
The actor slapped the comedian on stage after a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.
After the slap, Smith returned to his seat and screamed ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth.’
He the then won the Oscar for Best Actor in his role as Richard Williams, in the film King Richard. He used his speech to apologize to the Academy and he later posted an apology on Instagram.
Rock has mostly kept quiet on the issue, speaking out only to say he was ‘processing’ what happened.
The incident prompted members of the comedy community, including Jack Whitehall and Kathy Griffin, to voice their fears that performers are no longer safe on stage.
The Netflix event is the streaming giant’s first ever comedy festival and features performances from big name stars including Seth Rogen, Snoop Dogg, Bill Burr and Pete Davidson.
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