Two nights after he was tackled by a man with a knife attached to a fake gun following his Netflix Is a Joke set, Dave Chappelle got back on the proverbial horse and spoke about the incident in a secret stand-up set at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
On Thursday, Chappelle made a last-minute appearance at the club’s 70-seat Belly Room. The evening of the show, rumors began to swirl that an unnamed comedy star would be gracing the lineup, and eager fans paid up to $160 for a ticket to gain entry. Attendees included Kim Kardashian, rapper Yasiin Bey, Diddy, and Jeff Ross, who had hosted the Tuesday night Hollywood Bowl show where Chappelle was attacked. Michelle Wolf opened for Chappelle, and 10 minutes into Chappelle’s set, Chris Rock took the stage with him.
According to THR, Chappelle immediately dived into Tuesday night’s attack at the Hollywood Bowl, reportedly saying that while he couldn’t see the face of the man who rushed him, he did get a grip of his hair. He went on to say that the odd sight of Jamie Foxx sporting “a sheriff’s hat” was what calmed him down. Chappelle said that his son embraced him right after the incident and told him, “Dad, I love you.”
“A lot of people love me, it turns out,” he said, listing a group of people who reached out to him after the attack—including Louis C.K. Around this point, Rock joined Chappelle onstage and pulled up a stool. Both comedians then began discussing their very public assaults. “At least you got smacked by someone of repute!” Chappelle reportedly jested to Rock. “I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.”
Chappelle wasn’t the only comedian discussing the incident Thursday night. That same evening, Kevin Hart appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and discussed Chappelle’s attack, describing the incident as “not scary.” While chatting with fill-in host Mike Birbiglia, Hart maintained that the attack “needed to happen” in order to teach audience members not to “cross that line”
“Mike, do you want people to continue to think that they can cross that line? Somebody getting their ass whipped sends a message out to other people that was like, You know, I was thinking about doing that, but after seeing that I don’t really wanna do that,” Hart said, adding that it’s “time to get back to a place of respect for your live entertainer.”
On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed four misdemeanor charges against suspect Isaiah Lee for allegedly attacking Chappelle, Billboard writes. The charges include battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance, and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer, according to Mike Feuer, the city attorney.
The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office had earlier decided not to pursue felony charges against Lee. “After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,” a D.A. spokesperson said in a statement to THR.
“This alleged attack has got to have consequences,” said Feuer in a video posted to his office’s official Twitter account after the charges were filed. The 23-year-old Lee was brandishing a replica handgun with a knife blade inside when he allegedly rushed onto the Hollywood Bowl stage and attacked Chappelle. Lee is currently being held on $30,000 bail.