The person accused of attacking Dave Chappelle on stage on the Hollywood Bowl has been charged with 4 counts of misdemeanour — after Los Angeles County prosecutors introduced he wouldn’t face felony prices.
Los Angeles Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace have now charged Isaiah Lee, 23, with battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorised entry to the stage space throughout a efficiency and fee of an act that delays an occasion or interferes with a performer.
In a video assertion posted to Twitter, Metropolis Legal professional Mike Feuer – a candidate for Los Angeles mayor – mentioned: “This alleged assault has obtained to have penalties.
“My office takes protecting public safety extremely seriously and we are going to vigorously prosecute this case.”
It comes after the Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned prosecutors had concluded that whereas felony conduct occurred, the proof didn’t represent felony conduct.
It referred the case to the Los Angeles Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace, which can think about potential misdemeanour prices.
A spokesman for the Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned: “The Los Angeles County District Legal professional’s Workplace has referred the case to the Los Angeles Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace for misdemeanour submitting consideration.
“After reviewing the proof, prosecutors decided that whereas felony conduct occurred, the proof as offered didn’t represent felony conduct.
“The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanour crimes within the city of Los Angeles.”
Within the US, crimes categorised as felonies are thought of extra critical and carry a extra extreme penalty whereas misdemeanours are thought of much less critical, though they will nonetheless end in fines or jail phrases.
Chappelle, 48, was performing on the Los Angeles venue on Tuesday night time as a part of the Netflix Is A Joke competition when he was “tackled” by a person who rushed on to the stage.
The Los Angeles Police Division (LAPD) later arrested 23-year-old Lee, who was carrying a reproduction gun containing a knife blade, on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon.
The incident occurred as Chappelle was closing the present and thanking the comedians who had carried out earlier than him, together with Chris Rock, Leslie Jones and Jon Stewart.
Hollywood star Jamie Foxx, an in depth buddy of Chappelle, got here on stage to verify the comedian was OK, earlier than reportedly serving to to apprehend the alleged attacker.
Video posted on social media appeared to point out a person, reported by US media shops to be the suspected attacker, with a badly injured arm being put in an ambulance.
The fracas comes after Rock was slapped by Will Smith whereas on stage on the Oscars, prompting some members of the comedy group to query whether or not it stays secure to carry out publicly.
Chappelle later launched an announcement by his spokesperson noting that his four-night run on the Hollywood Bowl ties him with Monty Python for essentially the most headlined exhibits of any comic on the well-known venue.
The assertion added that Chappelle “refuses to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment”.
Chappelle has beforehand confronted a backlash over feedback about transgender individuals in his Netflix comedy particular The Nearer.