Dave Chappelle is not happy that LA District Attorney George Gascón declined to file felony charges against the man who attacked him onstage during the Netflix Is A Joke festival earlier this week. He wants the county’s top prosecutor to claw the case back from misdemeanor court, his lawyer says:
“We request that DA Gascón reconsider, correct this mistake and charge this as a felony, this is what Mr. Chappelle wants. Mr. Chappelle wants this case charged as a felony.”
A Ridiculous Decision
The man – Isaiah Lee – leapt on stage and attempted to take Dave Chappelle down whilst armed with a replica gun that had an ejectable knife. Lee’s tweets, since surfaced, show premeditation. If it wasn’t for Lee having the strength of a 10 year old girl, God only knows what would have happened.
Dave’s lawyer, Gabriel Colwell added:
“It’s a travesty of justice that Gascón is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony. The city attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.
… Entertainers in LA need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”
Lee In Court
Isaiah Lee was charged Thursday by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. His charges were single misdemeanor counts of 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 an event or interferes with a performer.
Lee is due back in court May 20 and get this, he actually had the front to plead not guilty to the four misdemeanor counts.
Thankfully, Lee had already received some good old fashioned justice at the hands of security staff. He appeared with his broken arm in a sling, two black eyes and a face muzzle to hide his fat lip.
With such a progressive state as California and someone like Gascón as the DA, don’t be surprised to see a statue of Lee erected anytime soon as a beacon of a lone man fighting back for the trans community after Dave Chappelle once cracked a joke at their expense and used nasty words and hurt their fee fees.