Dave Chappelle Attack Suspect Speaks Out From Jail: I Was ‘Triggered’ by His Jokes

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The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle at a comedy festival earlier this month in Los Angeles says he was “triggered” by the comedian’s jokes.

“I identify as bisexual… and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Isaiah Lee told the New York Post in an interview from L.A.’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility, published on Sunday night.

“I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” he continued.

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Lee, 23, also told the Post he is a father to a young son and has experienced homelessness.

“It’s a struggle and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke,” he said

Lee rushed the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3 during the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival and tackled the Chappelle Show star, the LAPD said. According to police, Lee was carrying a replica handgun that contained a retractable knife blade when Chappelle was attacked.

The suspect is currently facing four misdemeanor counts, including battery and possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault. A felony charge against Lee for the incident was dropped a couple of days after the attack.

In the latest twist, Lee is also accused of stabbing his roommate at a transitional housing facility.

He is currently jailed on $30,000 bail.

Chappelle has received ongoing criticism over his comments about the LGBTQ community in his 2021 Netflix special The Closer.