Alleged Dave Chappelle attacker will not face criminal charges after DA dismisses case
Alleged Dave Chappelle attacker will not face criminal charges after DA dismisses case – CNN
Mike Foer, the city’s attorney general, announced in a press release and video message posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon that Lee has been charged with four misdemeanors, including battery and weapon possession.
“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors have determined that while criminal conduct has occurred, the evidence presented does not constitute criminal conduct,” DA spokesperson Greg Risling told CNN.
According to the Los Angeles County inmate’s records, Lee remains in police custody.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Society, which owns the Hollywood Bowl, said Thursday it is adding “extra security measures” and reviewing existing measures, according to a statement from public relations director Sophie Jeffries.
“We are reviewing our current procedures internally and with the help of external experts so that we can continue to provide a safe and secure environment at the Hollywood Bowl,” Jeffries said. “We have implemented additional security measures, including increasing the number of security personnel on site to assist with baggage screening and other security measures.”
She added that the place continues to cooperate with the authorities in their ongoing investigations.
LAPD spokeswoman Liseth Lomelli told CNN on Wednesday that Chappelle had “finished his job, and as he was coming off the stage, a man who was part of the audience jumped on stage and tackled this celebrity to the floor.”
Lumele said Li, 23, was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment.
Police described the weapon they said was taken from the suspect as a replica of the pistol which also included a knife blade.
The motive for the attack remains unclear.
A representative for Chappelle issued a statement Wednesday.
“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show,” Carla Sims, Chappelle’s actress, said in a statement to CNN. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm audiences with their good humor before Chappelle performed his last song and featured musical guests of the evening.”
Sims said Chappelle was “fully cooperating” with the police investigation into the incident.
Chappelle was performing at the Bowl at “Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.”
“We deeply care about the safety of creators and vigorously defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN in a statement Wednesday.
CNN’s Chris Boyett, Lisa Inspirs France, Carol Alvarado and Stella Chan contributed to this story.