The Los Angeles District Lawyer’s Workplace won’t pursue felony costs in opposition to Isaiah Lee, the person accused of leaping on stage and attacking comic Dave Chappelle throughout a efficiency a the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night time.
Lee was, nonetheless, charged with 4 misdemeanors, together with battery and possession of a weapon, Los Angeles Metropolis Lawyer Mike Feuer introduced in a press launch and video message posted to Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
DA spokesperson Greg Risling mentioned in an announcement to CNN: “After reviewing the proof, prosecutors decided that whereas felony conduct occurred, the proof as introduced didn’t represent felony conduct.”
In response to L.A. County inmate information, Lee stays in police custody.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliation, which owns the Hollywood Bowl, mentioned on Thursday it’s including “extra safety measures” and reviewing current procedures, in accordance with an announcement from Public Relations Director Sophie Jefferies.
“We’re reviewing our current procedures each internally and with the help of outdoors specialists so we will proceed to supply a secure and safe surroundings on the Hollywood Bowl,” Jefferies mentioned. “We’ve got carried out extra safety measures, together with an elevated variety of safety personnel on-site to help with bag checks and different safety procedures.”
The venue is continuous to cooperate with authorities of their ongoing investigation, she mentioned.
LAPD spokesperson Officer Lizeth Lomeli instructed CNN on Wednesday that Chappelle “had completed his act and as he was exiting the stage, a male who was a part of the viewers jumped on the stage and deal with(d) this superstar to the bottom.”
Lee, 23, was arrested and brought to a hospital for medical therapy, Lomeli mentioned.
Police described the weapon they are saying was taken from the suspect as a reproduction handgun that additionally included a knife blade.
The motive of the obvious assault stays unclear.
A consultant for Chappelle launched an announcement Wednesday.
“As unlucky and unsettling because the incident was, Chappelle went on with the present,” Carla Sims, Chappelle’s consultant, mentioned in an announcement to CNN. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the gang with humor earlier than Chappelle launched the final and featured musical company for the night.”
Sims mentioned Chappelle is “totally cooperating” with the police investigation of the incident.
Chappelle was performing on the Bowl at “Netflix is a Joke: The Pageant.”
“We care deeply in regards to the security of creators and we strongly defend the correct of stand-up comedians to carry out on stage with out concern of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson instructed CNN in an announcement on Wednesday.