Onlookers had been shocked when comic Dave Chappelle was tackled throughout a Los Angeles efficiency in Could. The attacker, recognized by authorities as Isaiah Lee, carried a duplicate handgun with a hidden blade inside. On Friday, a former roommate testified that Lee had used the knife earlier than — to stab him in the abdomen.

Dijon Washington stated at a listening to for the stabbing that Lee grew more and more erratic within the months earlier than the comedian was tackled, according to Rolling Stone. He stated Lee wrote unusual notes of their transitional residing facility, bragged about his marijuana use and insulted Washington’s useless brother.

“He was saying, ‘I’m smoking in your brother,’ bragging about how a lot cash he’s making – no matter he was doing – how a lot weed he was smoking,” Washington testified.

“It didn’t make sense to me,” the roommate added. “He knew my brother had handed away few months earlier than that. It was disrespectful.”

Issues got here to a head on Dec. 2 when Washington laughed at Lee’s odd notes. Lee requested, “What the fuck are you ?” and rushed Washington, based on the roommate.

“We began tussling, and I obtained stabbed” Washington testified, including that his roommate evaded police by fleeing their house.

Images of the blade recovered after Chappelle was tackled.

Later, seeing the information a couple of man attacking Chappelle “made me understand who it was,” Washington stated.

Los Angeles police revealed photographs of the knife discovered on Lee after the comedian was tackled, exhibiting that it was about 3 inches lengthy. Washington stated the diameter of that blade matched his stomach scar.

Within the case associated to Chappelle, Lee pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor fees of battery, possessing a lethal weapon with intent to assault, and interfering with a public occasion. He wasn’t charged with a felony, as he allegedly reached for the knife solely after operating off away from the comic.

At Friday’s listening to, nevertheless, Decide Kevin Stennis stated there was ample proof to strive Lee for the tried homicide of Washington. With bail set at $1 million, Lee awaits his arraignment on Sept. 30.

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