Dave Chappelle‘s attacker may have escaped felony prosecution, but the L.A. City Attorney has thrown the book at him, but because it’s a misdemeanor it’s only a paperback.
City Attorney Mike Feuer has charged Isaiah Lee with 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 the event or interferes with the performer. These are all misdemeanor crimes, and the punishment is way lighter than a conviction on a felony.
The 23-year-old could face jail time, but because of overcrowding, COVID, etc., it’s unlikely he’ll serve much time if any.
It’s interesting … L.A. District Attorney George Gascón made quick work of rejecting the case, saying Lee’s conduct did not rise to the level of a felony. When you look at the 4 charges the City Attorney has filed, it seems he has a different opinion of the severity of the crime.
City Attorney Feuer seems to subtly shade Gascón, saying, “My office takes protecting public safety extremely seriously.” If he’s convicted, Lee faces a potential maximum sentence of 18 months in county jail and/or a $4,000 fine.
LAPD sources say the Dept. is royally pissed that Gascón rejected the case and kicked it to the City Attorney. Gascón has been controversial since taking office … rejecting many cases that were traditionally prosecuted.