A man charged with four misdemeanors in connection with an attack on comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl pled not guilty on Friday.
Saiah Lee, 23, pled not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom to charges of battery, possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, illegally crossing from a spectator area onto a stage at a theatrical event, and meddling with or halting such an event with unlawful conduct.
Lee, who remains in custody, was ordered to maintain a distance of at least 100 yards (91 meters) from Chappelle, whose attorney requested the protective order.
Authorities say Lee was arrested Tuesday night after he rushed the stage during Chappelle’s performance during the final night of the “Netflix Is a Joke” comedy festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
According to police, he was carrying a replica handgun with a large blade that folded out similar to a pocket knife. A photo of the weapon was released.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that he had not committed any felonies and presented the case to the LA city attorney’s office, which subsequently charged him with four misdemeanors.