Prosecutors in Los Angeles say publicity surrounding an on-stage assault towards comic Dave Chappelle has helped them apprehend a suspect in an unrelated stabbing.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón mentioned Thursday that his workplace has filed an tried homicide cost towards Isaiah Lee. Earlier this month, Lee drew headlines within the tackling of Chappelle on the finish of a efficiency on the Hollywood Bowl. Now, Gascón says, his workplace has recognized Lee as a suspect in a stabbing final 12 months.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer introduced earlier this month that his workplace had introduced 4 misdemeanor expenses towards Lee, 24, accusing him of speeding the stage and tackling Chappelle. Lee has pleaded not responsible to the fees.
The incident, captured on video, was extremely publicized and rapidly turned fodder for late-night tv and social media.
Gascón mentioned in a press release Thursday that following all the eye stirred by the incident, Lee was charged with tried homicide within the stabbing of his roommate throughout a combat at a transitional housing house. According to Gascón, the unidentified sufferer alleged to authorities that Lee was the assailant within the stabbing that had beforehand been reported to police.
“The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police [with] this crime,” Gascón mentioned within the assertion. “The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl was misdemeanor conduct and rightfully referred to the City Attorney’s Office. Based on the nature and severity of the December attack, Mr. Lee is now facing felony charges which my office will prosecute.”
After Chappelle was attacked on the finish of his efficiency on the Netflix Is A Joke competition, a bunch together with Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown rushed to defend the comic earlier than safety intervened. The comic was not critically injured and later joked concerning the incident.
Lee was initially charged with felony assault with a lethal weapon after he was discovered carrying a duplicate handgun and a knife, police mentioned. The cost was later diminished after the district lawyer decided the weapon was not used throughout the assault.
The district lawyer’s workplace mentioned Lee pleaded not responsible to the brand new felony cost on Thursday and is scheduled to return to courtroom on the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on June 2. He is being held within the Los Angeles County jail.
Lee’s courtroom illustration is unclear in the mean time. Authorities haven’t introduced a motive for the assault on Chappelle, who has been criticized for jokes regarding the LGBTQ neighborhood.
Newsweek has reached out to the workplaces of the district and metropolis lawyer.