The man who allegedly attacked comedian Dave Chappelle during a show in Los Angeles appeared in court for a bail hearing Tuesday – and a judge denied a request for him to be released on his own recognizance.
Isaiah Lee, 23, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom, where a judge shot down his public defender’s request for him to be freed and left bail unchanged at $30,000.
The appearance came one week after Lee allegedly tackled Chappelle, 48, on the stage during a comedy show at that Hollywood Bowl while armed with a knife that appeared to be a handgun.
Lee pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges while making his initial court appearance on Friday.
The wannabe rapper’s public defender, Chelsea Padilla, denied Friday that her client ever pulled out the bizarre weapon during the caught-on-camera attack.
Lee, who was roughed up by security, was the lone person hurt during the alleged assault, Padilla said in court Friday.
He was initially arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon, but was ultimately charged with misdemeanor 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.
The charges were filed by the LA City Attorney’s Office after the LA County District Attorney handed off the case because it doesn’t prosecute misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles.
Chappelle, meanwhile, said he spoke to Lee backstage after the alleged attack and before he was hauled off by cops, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Chappelle told the crowd at a secret comedy show that Lee launched into a story about his grandmother being forced out of her Brooklyn neighborhood due to gentrification, the outlet reported.
Lee believed the attack would bring more attention to his grandmother’s situation, said Chappelle, who added he thought Lee appeared to be mentally ill.
Lee’s attorney told a judge Friday that her client, who appeared in court in a padded suicide gown, was receiving mental health services. Judge Wendy Segall ruled Lee’s bail would remain unchanged at $30,000 during the proceeding.
Lee’s older brother, Aaron Lee, has told Rolling Stone that the Brooklyn native had been in and out of homeless shelters for the past decade and struggles with mental illness.