The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle onstage during his Netflix Is a Joke performance last month claims he wanted to let the comedian know how his jokes about homelessness and the LGBTQ+ community affected him.
Isaiah Lee, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, told The New York Post he found Chappelle’s material to be “triggering.”
“I identify as bisexual … and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Lee said. “I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.”
Lee, who allegedly assaulted Chappelle onstage at the Netflix comedy festival on May 3, told the Post he wanted to have “a good time” watching Chappelle’s set at the Hollywood Bowl, but was angered by the comedian’s jokes, including bits about homelessness. Lee has been homeless in the past, he told the Post.
“I’m also a single dad and my son is 5,” he said. “It’s a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke.”
The Post reports Lee said his “breaking point” at the event came when another comedian joked about pedophilia, which he said brought back memories of being molested when he was a teen. In footage of Lee’s alleged attack on Chappelle, he jumps onstage and tackles the comedian before he is apprehended by security.
Following the incident, Netflix showed support for Chappelle: “We care deeply about the safety of creators and we strongly defend the right of stand-up comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence,” a company spokesperson said in a statement shared with Decider.
While the streamer will air multiple sets from Netflix Is a Joke, Chappelle’s routine will not be available to stream, a decision Netflix made prior to the attack.
Lee is currently facing multiple legal issues; along with his four misdemeanor charges related to the Chappelle attack, he is also charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his roommate in December.
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