Dave Chappelle’s attacker faces assault charges
Later Wednesday, police released photos of the replica handgun, which contained a knife blade. In a statement, the LAPD revealed that the suspect pointed the gun at Chappelle during the attack.
Lee is a rapper who goes by NONAME_TRAPPER on social media, Spotify and other platforms. He has released several albums, including one from 2020 titled “born and die in the trap“, which includes a song called “Dave Chappell”. In the two-minute song, he repeats “life with you niggas is a joke.” On his Instagram account, which has nearly 40,000 followers but no posts, the suspect posted a story on Tuesday of him walking with a devilish filter over his face.YouTube has already removed the artist’s videos from its site.
the Reported Daily Beast that Lee lives in Redondo Beach, about an hour from Hollywood. In an interview with rolling stone, the suspect’s brother said Lee is not a violent person and does not think he would “go after” Chappelle for any reason. However, Aaron Lee said his little brother had a history of mental illness and had been homeless since he was 11 years old.
“I have nothing negative to say about Isaiah. He’s a performing artist who tries to stay as positive as possible. He has a history of mental health issues. He takes medication. Maybe he forgot to take his prescription. But he’s not one to go wild. I don’t understand,” Aaron Lee told Rolling Stone.
Asked about the song named after Chappelle, Aaron Lee said his brother only did it to get search engine results so more people would find it.
Carla Sims, a rep for Chappelle, said the Emmy-winning comedian “refuses to let last night’s incident overshadow the magic” of his historic, record-breaking performance at Netflix’s Is a Joke festival.
“Dave Chappelle celebrated four nights of comedy and music, setting record sales for a comedian at the Hollywood Bowl,” Sims said in a statement. “As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show.”
Chappelle is also cooperating fully with the investigation.
This reporter attended Chappelle’s show on Tuesday night and members of the crowd had to go through security and put all smart phones and handheld devices in sealed bags.
Other big stars, including Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Leslie Jones and Michelle Wolf, performed before Chappelle took the stage.