Attacker Dave Chappelle: Who Is Suspect Isaiah Lee?

The comedian best known for his Netflix show The Closer has received backlash in the past for his controversial views on transgender people.

Dave Chappelle was attacked during a stand-up performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.

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Eyewitnesses have said that the stand was charged while on stage, with the support of actor Jamie Foxx.

The 23-year-old assault suspect has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is currently on $30,000 bail.

Here’s everything you need to know about Chappelle’s attacker and what he had to say.

What happened to Dave Chappelle?

Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

Chappelle was attacked on stage during his stand-up performance for the Netflix Is A Joke Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

According to Brianna Sacks, a reporter at the show, Chappelle was “accused and dealt with,” as soon as his performance ended.

Security, Sacks said, “ran in and started punching and kicking Chappelle’s assailant”.

Chris Rock, who was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars earlier this year, is also performing.

Sacks tweeted: “After Chappelle was attacked, he went on stage and they joked that it was Will Smith.”

Actor Jamie Foxx who was there to watch the show is said to be one of the people who ran to help.

Video posted by members of the crowd heard Chappelle say: “Whenever you’re in trouble, Jamie Foxx will show up in a sheriff’s hat.”

In the video, you can hear Foxx reply, “I think it’s part of the show.”

A Hollywood Bowl spokesperson told PA: “The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3, 2022 is an active investigation and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

Who attacked Dave Chappell?

Isaiah Lee has been identified by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as the prime suspect.

The 23-year-old has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is on $30,000 bail.

So far no motive has been given for the attack, but the LAPD confirmed to NBC that the suspect was carrying a handgun.

An LAPD spokesman said: “A popular comedian was performing at the Hollywood Bowl and when he finished his act, a male jumped onto the stage and handled the celebrity.

“The suspect produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim. He was taken into custody and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.”

A spokesman for Chappelle described the attack as “regrettable and disturbing” but he “refused” to let it “overshadow the magic of this historic moment”.

After the incident, Chappelle joked about her attacker, saying: “It’s a transgender man.”

What has Dave Chappelle said about transgender people in the past?

In the past, Chappelle has been called out for cross-dressing the transgender community.

In October 2021, his Netflix special The Closer received backlash after he told his audience that, “gender is a fact.”

Calls for Netflix to remove the special went unanswered, and this prompted 00 Netflix employees to take to the streets to protest.

Commenting on the backlash at the time, Chappelle said: “For the transgender community, I’m ready to give you an audience.

“But you won’t summon me. I don’t follow anyone’s request.”

Several Netflix stars have expressed their support for Netflix employees.

After the incident, several actors expressed their support for the transgender community.

Page Elliot, who became transgender in December 2020 tweeted: “I stand with the transgender, non-binary and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Colored) employees at Netflix fighting for those a better transgender story and a more inclusive workplace.” Attacker Dave Chappelle: Who Is Suspect Isaiah Lee?


Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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