LOS ANGELES — wannabe rapper has been arrested for confronting Dave Chappelle on stage, as he claims he was inspired to attack The Funny Guy by slapping Chris Rock at the Will Smith Awards.
Isaiah Lee, 23, sat down for a second prison interview with The Post Monday at the Twin Towers Correctional facility in downtown Los Angeles where he praised Smith for slapping Rock across the face on live TV after the comic made a “tasteless” joke about Pinkett. Smith’s baldness.
“this is not true [Chris Rock] He told me about his wife, whom he called GI Jane, “pointing to the crack the former ‘SNL’ star had about Pinkett Smith’s hair loss due to alopecia, which Smith said was what prompted him to walk on stage and hit rock music.”
Lee told me Smith was “standing up for his wife” during the famous celebrity slap heard around the world, which inspired him to storm the stage and engage with Chappelle during “Netflix is a Joke” on May 3 after he joked about LGBTQ and homelessness.
Lee claimed, “I wanted him to know that next time, he should first consider having his substance run by people it could affect.” “I wanted Dave Chappelle and people to know that these are the things to be most sensitive to and not joke about.”
He said his goal is to stand up for what he believes in – inspired by the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star.
During an interview on Saturday, Lee told The Post that he is a bisexual sexual assault survivor who has previously dealt with homelessness and “stirred up” the “Chappelle Show” star’s jokes.
But on Monday, he admitted the attack was motivated in part by seeking to raise his public profile as an emerging rap star who uses the stage name “NoName_Trapper” and once released a song about Emmy-winning Chappelle.
“I’m not going to lie…it was kind of an influence chase,” he told me of his decision to jump on stage.
“In Hollywood, you know they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. I rap about this stuff in my music and I knew it would get attention.”
He said the on-camera processing had already earned me some celebrity status behind bars from his fellow inmates.
He said to me, “They came up to me and asked, ‘Hey, are you the guy who went up to Dave Chappelle? ”
“I feel safer here now than outside because I will need to find and hire security.”
Lee, who insisted on Saturday that he had no mental health issues, claimed on Monday that he suffers from bipolar disorder but was on his medication at the time of the attack.
“There are a lot of celebrities who have bipolar disorder — Kanye West, Demi Lovato, Eminem — and they are able to talk about it,” he told me.
“Just because you’re bipolar, that doesn’t stop you from…reaching success.”
On the night of the attack, he claimed that two superstars – Busta Rhimes and Jamie Foxx – “jumped” backstage immediately after the attack, repeatedly pulling and kicking his hair until it left him gasping for air.
“They were trampling on me everywhere and on my ribs and said, ‘Are you stupid, boy? Why the hell did you do that?’ he remembers me.
“I couldn’t say anything. They kept kicking me. For days, it was hard for me to breathe. Once, someone spat on me, but I don’t know who.”
Immediately after Chappelle rushed Lee, Fox was one of the first people who jumped on stage to help, and the comedian later thanked the Oscar winner Ray for the help, joking that Brooklyn-born Busta Rhimes helped “tack” the attacker.
But a few days after the incident, Chappelle’s publicist told TMZ that the statements were part of an act, and denied Busta and Fox’s involvement in the takedown.
Representatives for Posta and Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
Lee, who faces four counts of misdemeanour from assault, was upset to hear that the artist wanted him to be subjected to criminal charges rather than just a low-level battery.
He told me, “He can have his opinion.”
“But it’s wrong when a black man wants another black man to go to prison for a long time.”