A man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage was also charged with the attempted murder of a roommate months earlier, authorities said Thursday.
Isaiah Lee, 23, has pleaded not guilty to the December stabbing that occurred during a fight at a Los Angeles halfway house, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Publicity following the Chappelle incident helped identify and arrest Lee in the earlier attack, prosecutors said.
A message left at the county public defender’s office seeking comment from an attorney for Lee was not immediately returned.
Lee was arrested on May 3 after allegedly rushing the stage and tackling Chappelle during his stand-up at the Hollywood Bowl.
Lee was carrying a replica handgun with a large blade extending from it, similar to a pocket knife, according to police, who released a photo of the weapon.
Chappelle was unharmed and completed the show which was part of the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival. He later described how he convinced security to allow him to speak to Lee, asking him what prompted the attack. Chappelle said Lee told him a story about his Brooklyn grandmother who was forced out of her neighborhood by gentrification. He believed the attack would draw attention to this.
Lee pleaded not guilty to counts of assault and battery, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault and two counts related to interfering with a public event. He has remained incarcerated since the attack.