Dave Chappelle’s alleged attacker will not face felony charges after DA denies case
Lee, however, was charged with four misdemeanors, including assault and battery and possession of a weapon, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a news release and video message posted to Twitter Thursday afternoon. .
DA spokesman Greg Risling said in a statement to CNN, “After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors have determined that while criminal conduct did occur, the evidence as presented does not did not constitute criminal conduct.”
According to LA County inmate records, Lee remains in custody.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, owner of the Hollywood Bowl, said Thursday it was adding “additional safety measures” and revising existing procedures, according to a statement from public relations director Sophie Jefferies.
“We are reviewing our existing procedures both internally and with the assistance of outside experts so that we can continue to provide a safe and secure environment at the Hollywood Bowl,” Jefferies said. “We have implemented additional security measures, including an increased number of security personnel on site to assist with bag checks and other security procedures.”
The venue continues to cooperate with authorities in their ongoing investigation, she said.
LAPD spokeswoman Officer Lizeth Lomeli told CNN on Wednesday that Chappelle “had finished his act and as he walked off stage, a man who was in the audience jumped onto the stage and tackled this celebrity on the floor”.
Lee, 23, was arrested and taken to hospital for medical treatment, Lomeli said.
Police described the weapon they believe was taken from the suspect as a replica handgun that also included a knife blade.
The motive for the apparent attack remains unclear.
A representative for Chappelle released a statement on Wednesday.
“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show,” Carla Sims, Chappelle’s rep, said in a statement to CNN. “Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the evening’s final musical guests.”
Sims said Chappelle is “fully cooperating” with the police investigation into the incident.
Chappelle was performing at the Bowl of “Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.”
“We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a Netflix spokesperson told CNN in a statement Wednesday.
CNN’s Chris Boyette, Lisa Respers France, Caroll Alvarado and Stella Chan contributed to this story.