A 23-year-old man accused of attacking Dave Chappelle while he was onstage for a performance earlier this month claimed that the comedian's jokes were "triggering."
Isaiah Lee, who was charged with four misdemeanors, including battery and possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, in connection to the May 3 incident, said Chappelle should be more "sensitive" when it comes to the subjects he is joking about, as reported by the New York Post.
DAVE CHAPPELLE ATTACKED ONSTAGE DURING LOS ANGELES PERFORMANCE
“I identify as bisexual ... and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,” Lee told the outlet Saturday while being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
Comments from Chappelle, 48, about homelessness and the LGBT community offended Lee, who said he was homeless at one point in his life.
"I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” Lee said.
After the ordeal at the Hollywood Bowl, where Lee rushed the stage and tried to tackle Chappelle before security restrained him, the comedian joked to the audience that "that was a trans man." Lee acknowledged bringing a replica handgun containing a knife blade with him that night but denies having it on his person when he charged Chappelle, according to the report. Lee has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces in connection to the incident.
Lee is also facing criminal charges from an incident last year in which he allegedly stabbed his roommate, according to the outlet.
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Chappelle has faced backlash for jokes he made about the transgender community during his Netflix special The Closer, spurring transgender activists and social media users to call on the streaming service to remove the show from the platform.