Imagine being the victim of an attack, in which the attacker is armed with a knife or other weapon. You are able to get through the ordeal unharmed, but now you learn that you could face civil liability because the abuser was injured.
That’s exactly what happened to comedian Dave Chappelle after he was attacked on Tuesday during a show at the Hollywood Bowl.
A man from the crowd jumped onto the stage and attacked Chappelle. He has been identified as Isaiah Lee, 23. Chappelle’s security team apparently tackled Lee, who was then carried off the scene on a stretcher, with an apparent injury to his arm and bruising to his face.
So if Lee attacked Chappelle, why is the comedian at risk of being sued?
According to a KTLA report, legal analyst Alison Triessel said: “If the threat was over and he was no longer a danger and had been restrained, they can’t get revenge on Mr. Lee. “
TMZ has a video in which Chappelle can be heard talking about the injuries Lee suffered when he was tackled.
“I felt good that my friends broke their arm,” the comedian reportedly said.
This statement is what could trigger the trial. Triessel claims Chappelle’s lyrics, where he claims to have bullied Lee, could be used against him in potential civil ways in the future.
The Hollywood Bowl is also at risk of being sued for not discovering the replica gun that Lee brought into the venue. Guests’ cell phones were confiscated before the show, but the security team missed the gun on Lee.
Meanwhile, Lee gets off pretty easily, as no felony charges will be filed against him. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s office referred the case to the city attorney’s office, which filed four misdemeanor charges against Lee. Misdemeanor charges in the state of California carry a maximum prison term of one year.
Who’s to bet Lee won’t see jail? This is just another disturbing example of how the California justice system works.
Apparently, a man can rush onto the stage, attack a performer, and get away with it virtually unscathed. Meanwhile, said artist is at risk of being sued because the man was injured.
At this point, the discourse on the trial is just conjecture, but not out of the realm of possibility.