Judge Denies Request for Diversion for Man Charged in Dave Chappelle Attack

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A judge Thursday rejected the defense’s request for a diversion program that could have eventually resulted in the dismissal of charges against the man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl in May.

Superior Court Judge Armenui Amy Ashvanian cited a string of prior arrests of Isaiah Lee and his conduct after his arrest for the alleged May 3 attack on Chappelle, ruling that the 24-year-old defendant is “not a suitable candidate for judicial diversion.”

Lee’s attorney, Alexander Kirkpatrick, told the judge that his client has been homeless since he was about 18 and has struggled with mental illness, and called Lee’s actions “rash” and “impulsive.” He noted that he did not want to “minimize the crime” and that Lee would remain in custody even if he was granted diversion because he is awaiting trial separately in a case in which he is charged with trying to kill his roommate.

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