The man accused of tackling Dave Chappelle on stage called the comedian’s routine a “trigger” on Sunday.
In an interview from the Los Angeles jail with the New York Post, Isaiah Lee appeared to explain his alleged assault on the comedian on May 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Lee, who pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery, told the tabloid he took umbrage at the comic book’s jokes about the LGBTQ community and homelessness.
“I identify as bisexual…and I wanted him to know what he was saying was triggering,” said Lee, who has been homeless. “I wanted him to know that next time he should first consider getting his material through people he might affect.”
Lee described himself as a single dad with a 5-year-old son, adding, “It’s a fight and I wanted Dave Chappelle to know it’s not a joke.”