The man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle during a show in Hollywood earlier this month was charged Thursday with the attempted murder of his roommate, authorities said.
Isaiah Lee, 23, is accused of stabbing the roommate during a fight Dec. 2 at a transitional housing apartment, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
The roommate reported the assault to authorities but identified his assailant as Lee only after publicity from the May 3 incident with the comedian at the Hollywood Bowl, the release said.
Additional details about the fight or the delay in identifying Lee were not immediately available. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lee pleaded not guilty during a court hearing Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said.
It wasn’t clear if Lee has a lawyer to speak on his behalf. The lawyer representing him in the Hollywood Bowl case did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the new allegation.
Lee was charged with four misdemeanor crimes in the case involving Chappelle after video posted to social media showed a man running on stage and tackling the entertainer, who was performing the fourth night of “Dave Chappelle and Friends,” around 10:40 p.m.
Authorities said Lee was armed with a replica handgun with a knife blade, but sources familiar with the incident told NBC News that he didn’t do anything with it.
The Los Angeles Police Department initially charged Lee with felony assault with a deadly weapon, but the district attorney’s office — which prosecutes felonies — referred the case to the city attorney for possible misdemeanor charges.
Lee was charged 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. He pleaded not guilty.
Authorities have not identified a possible motive. If convicted, Lee faces a maximum of 1½ years in jail and a $4,000 fine.