REPRINTED ANALYSIS: The Andy Dick Saga Continues

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Andy Dick appeared in the movie "Road Trip"
Andy Dick appeared in the movie "Road Trip"

Comedian and movie star Andy Dick has added Huntington to a list of sites where his ‘appearance’ created more controversy on the streets and bars, than at the show. However, I didn’t get a chance to attend any of the Funny Bone stand ups; various “rumors” indicate that Andy did a skit involving a skirt. If the reports are accurate, he dropped it and had no underwear.

Following the show, he and Funny Bone’s managing partner Tom Schaefer headed across the street to Rum Runners.

What happened there?  First, the Huntington Police Department report:

According to their news release,  “officers responded to Rum Runners, 819 Third Avenue, to investigate two alleged incidents of a patron engaging in non-consensual sexual contact with a bar employee and another patron. Based upon statements of the two victims and independent witness accounts alleging that he had engaged in unwanted and uninvited groping of the two victim’s genital areas, Andrew R. Dick was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.”

WSAZ reported that the incident itself occurred at 2:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 23 , which would be about 30 minutes before bar closing time.

Although  Schaefer  claims “nothing happened” in the ten minutes he and Dick were at Rum Runners. However, Schaefer’s statement conflicts with one of  the victim’s statement on the police report.

Schaefer stated to the Huntington Herald Dispatch  that “the security guard did stop them to put on wristbands, but the guard recognized Dick and told him he didn’t need to see his identification.”

 By contrast, the same bouncer --- identified as Phillip Daniels on TMZ.com ---- said, “Dick tried walking past him when he entered the bar, without taking a wristband. Daniels says he stopped the comedian, put the band on his wrist…that’s when Andy grabbed his crotch. Daniels tells us… when he pulled away, Dick laughed and walked off.”

Of course, there’s the report by the other man --- not  a bouncer --- who was talking with the comedian when Dick unexpectedly and without invitation grabbed his crotch and laughed.  The victim’s girlfriend witnessed this encounter.

TMZ reported that the bouncer said  “someone” called the cops who arrived about 20 minutes later, inquiring, “Where’s the comedian?” TMZ stated “About EIGHT cops went to the back, Daniels (the bouncer) says , and walked out a few minutes later with Dick in handcuffs.”

Time check: If Dick and Schaefer  entered at 2:30 p.m. then add 20 or so minutes and it’s about 2:50 p.m., which is  very close to bar closing time.

 The HD said that the HPD incident report indicated that the comedian was “intoxicated” at the time of the Rum Runners incident.  It appears in the police report that Dick had also stopped by Silver City , which is next to Rum Runners.  He was allegedly observed in the bathroom of Silver City possibly  snorting cocaine. 

Based on an article appearing in the H-D, the two alleged victims of the early Saturday morning RumRuners “sexual assault” have lawyered up. The attorney told the newspaper that the victims wanted to ensure that justice was done. They feared Dick might not be properly prosecuted. He has a hearing in Cabell County Magistrate Court Feb. 2.

He’s charged with felony sexual abuse. He spent about eleven hours at the Western Regional Jail before the Funny Bone’s owner posted $6,000 cash so the Saturday show could go on.  

That’s not all.

Two  additional  men have filed a Huntington police report Sunday, January 24,  stating they attended a private residential party (location not stated) around 3 a.m. Sunday morning,  at which Andy Dick was a guest. Now, it gets bizarre. The men awake about five-and-a-half hours later at a hotel room with performer Andy present.

Based on the  report quoted in the H-D, the men traveled to the Charleston Area Medical Center for examination , then, returned to Huntington to file a police report.

WSAZ reported that the actor/comedian was arrested at about 4 a.m. In fact, WSAZ’s videographer told GRAF  that he arrived for work at about 4 a.m. and was told to grab a camera in hopes that the comedian would open up to the lights and camera before his trip to Western Regional.  

The only statement the entertainer made to WSAZ cameras:   “people [were]  grabbing on me,” not vice versa. The club owner believes law enforcement were called for opportunistic reasons.

REALITY PAUSE:  TMZ quoted the bouncer victim as stating that Dick refused the wristband and that he (the bouncer) put it on his wrist. That may be bar protocol, but unwanted touching and forcing something on someone’s wrist is battery.  Don’t believe me, Black’s Law Dictionary states “the slightest touching of another, or of his clothes or anything else attacked to  his person, if done in a rude, insolent or angry manner.”

So could the infamous celebrity have been acting in a crude form of self defense? Just having a good time as the Funny Bone owner stated, such as  joking with the bouncer?

Mr. Dick’s rep precedes him. He was arrested in a small Southern California town for sexual battery after police nabbed him for exposing and groping a 17-year-old girl’s breasts at about 2 a.m. (he had a small amount of marijuana and one valium on him; $5,000 bail) and he touched the legs of Ivanka Trump and was tossed (removed by security) from the Jimmy Kimmel talk show.

Finally, the star of “Road Trip”  and other raunchy flicks gave a brief  “review” of the Western Regional Jail. The bar owner told the TV station Dick said it was “cold” and he gave thumbs down on the food.

 Here’s the link to the exclusive raw video of Dick being escorted by HPD members into a cruiser and on his way to the WSJ: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/82491277.html#


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