Man charged with assaulting Dave Chappelle pleads not guilty to felony charges – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) — Isaiah Lee, the man accused of jumping onstage at the Hollywood Bowl and assaulting comedian Dave Chappelle, pleaded not guilty in court on Friday to four felony charges.

In a blue prison uniform, with his right arm in a sling, Lee stood before a Los Angeles judge to answer for four counts, including battery and gun possession. Chelsea Padilla, Lee’s attorney, told the judge that he is receiving mental health care from a local non-profit.

In the event that he pays bail, Judge Wendy Segall ordered Lee to stay at least 100 yards away from, and have no contact with, Chappelle, including the comedian’s residence or any other venue where he performs, including the Hollywood Bowl.

CNN has contacted Lee’s attorney for comment, but has yet to hear anything.

Lee’s bail remains set at $30,000, which will be reviewed at a hearing on May 10. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for May 20.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Attorney General’s Office decided not to prosecute for felony charges in the case.

DA spokesman Greg Risling said in a statement to CNN: “After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence presented was not a crime.”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which owns the Hollywood Bowl, said Thursday it is adding “additional security measures” and overhauling existing procedures, according to a statement from Public Relations Director Sophie Jefferies.

“We are reviewing our existing procedures both internally and with the help of outside experts to continue providing a safe environment at the Hollywood Bowl,” said Jefferies. “We have implemented additional security measures, including an increased number of security personnel on site to assist with baggage checking and other security procedures.”

The site continues to cooperate with authorities in their ongoing investigation, she said.

What happened

LAPD spokesman Officer Lizeth Lomeli told CNN on Wednesday that Chappelle “finished his act and as he left the stage, a man who was part of the audience jumped on stage and tackled (d) this celebrity to the floor.”

Lee, 23, was arrested and taken to a hospital for medical treatment, Lomeli said.

Police described the weapon they say was taken from the suspect as a replica handgun, which also contained a knife.

The motive of the apparent attack remains unclear.

A Chappelle representative released a statement on Wednesday.

“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued with the show,” Chappelle’s representative Carla Sims said in a statement to CNN. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the audience with humor before Chappelle introduced the final and featured musical guests for the evening.”

Sims said Chappelle is “fully cooperating” with the police investigation into the incident.

Chappelle performed at the Bowl on “Netflix is ​​a Joke: The Festival.”

“We care deeply about the safety of creators and we vigorously defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN in a statement on Wednesday.

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