The man arrested for attacking Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl appeared in court on Friday with a bandaged arm in a sling as he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges and being held on $30,000 bail.
Isaiah Lee, 23, was charged with battery, possession of a 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 after he allegedly attacked the comedian on Wednesday night.
A judge also ordered Lee to stay at least 100 yards away from Chapelle, any venue where he is performing and from his residence, as well as to stay 100 yards away from the Hollywood Bowl.
Lee, who faces 18 months in count jail if convicted, ran on stage at the Hollywood Bowl yielding a knife that was hidden inside a replica gun as he attempted to tackled Chappelle, 48.
The comedian was able to sidestep Lee and was unharmed. The attacker was then arrested at the scene, and taken to hospital with a broken arm.
At Friday’s court hearing, Lee’s attorney said the the man never brandished his concealed weapon at any time when he stormed the stage.
Lee is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on May 20.
Chappelle has not yet reacted to the decision.
On Wednesday, he said via a representative that he did not want the incident to ‘overshadow’ a great event, referencing his Netflix comedy show.
‘Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record-breaking sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl….and he refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.’
‘As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show,’ his rep said.
Netflix and the Hollywood Bowl said they were cooperating with the police investigation into what happened.