October 1, 2022
Dave Chappelle's attacker reveals why he jumped on stage, tackled comedian

Isaiah Lee, a Los Angeles man charged with assaulting Dave Chappelle during a stand-up show, has revealed why he tackled the comedian in a jailhouse interview with the New York Post.

Lee, 23, said he attended the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival on May 3 to have a “good time,” but became “triggered” when Chappelle came on and joked about the LGBTQ2 community and homelessness.

“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Lee told the New York Post on Saturday. The paper reported that his right arm was still in a sling after Chappelle’s security team beat him up following the on-stage attack.

Videos of the incident taken by audience members that night at the Hollywood Bowl showed Lee rushing the stage and charging into Chappelle. The comedian fell to the floor as several people ran over to help. Lee was stretchered out of the venue after being injured by security staff who apprehended him.

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