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Dave Chappelle attacked: LA County DA won’t charge suspect with felony, refers misdemeanor case to city attorney

LOS ANGELES – The gunman accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage will not face felony charges, the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for a deadly gun attack after confronting the comedian on Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Lee is being held on $ 30,000 bail. It is not clear what prompted Lee to run on stage.

The county attorney’s office referred the case to the Los Angeles prosecutor for possible misdemeanor charges. County attorneys found that while criminal behavior occurred, “the evidence presented did not constitute a felony.”

Police said Lee was armed with a handgun when he ran to the scene and confronted Chappelle. Witness video shows Chappelle falling backwards, but managed to free himself quickly as security rushed out to grab the perpetrator.

According to ABC News, Chappelle and the man had a fight on the floor of the tent. Security personnel surrounded and confronted the man in the back corner of the tent.

Chappelle appeared to be running towards the fight, saying that the man was “pressed” and repeatedly asked security to remove the man from the scene.

He did his stand-up routine for the last four nights in the amphitheater as part of the “Netflix Is a Joke” festival during the attack. Jamie Foxx was on the scene and Chappelle thanked him for responding to the attack. Chris Rock was there too. He grabbed the microphone and asked jokingly, “Was this Will Smith?”

Chappelle completed a routine in which he talked about how comedians should be more concerned about their personal safety in the aftermath of this year’s Oscars, where the Oscar-winning actor slapped Rock on live television in response to a joke about his wife.

A Chappelle spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the incident was “unfortunate and disturbing” but that he refused to let it overshadow the Hollywood Bowl record-breaking performance.

He is cooperating with the police investigation into the incident.

A Netflix spokesman also issued a brief statement: “We are deeply concerned about the safety of the creators and strongly advocate for the right of stand-up comedians to play on stage without fear of violence.”

The comedian was not injured in the attack and later joked with the public about it.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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