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Dave Chappelle ‘upset’ attacker isn’t facing felony charge: lawyer


Dave Chappelle is “upset” his alleged armed attacker wasn’t hit with a felony charge after attacking him while holding a weapon on-stage at the Hollywood Bowl, his lawyer told The Post on Friday.

“It’s a travesty of justice that DA [George] Gascòn is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony,” the comic’s attorney Gabriel Colwell said. “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.”

The 48-year-old comedian’s lawyer called on the DA to reconsider the charges, shortly after Isaiah Lee, 23, pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor counts over the caught-on-camera attack on Chappelle during his Tuesday show.

“This was a violent assault that was perpetrated on an unsuspecting entertainer while he was giving a show in front of  thousands of people at the historic Hollywood Bowl,” Colwell, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said.

“The idea that [Lee] had a deadly weapon on him — one that was a replica of a handgun that had a knife — that is a violent assault.”

Weapon carried by Isaiah Lee, aka rapper Noname Trapper, when he attacked Chappelle.
Police released a photo of the weapon carried by Isaiah Lee during the attack.
Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle is reportedly upset about the charges on his attacker.
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He added: “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.”

Gascón’s office didn’t immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

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The DA’s office was initially investigating the case after Lee was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon — but ended up referring it to the LA City Attorney’s Office on Thursday, saying the high-profile incident did not warrant felony charges.

“The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the city of Los Angeles,” the office said in a statement at the time.

Video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
Video still shows Isaiah Lee attacking Dave Chappelle on stage.
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A few hours later, the LA City Attorney slapped Lee with four misdemeanor counts, including battery, possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer.

Chappelle’s attorney said he believes the maximum penalty for the four misdemeanor counts is a year and half in jail and a $4,000 fine.

During Lee’s hearing, the accused’s public defender said the 23-year-old was a good candidate for “rapid diversion” – a California program that allows eligible defendants to avoid serving jail time if they complete treatment or some form of educational class.

Colwell said they disagreed, doubling down that Lee was in “possession of a deadly weapon.”

The attorney declined to comment when asked how Chappelle was doing physically and mentally after the high-profile attack.



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