Comedian hires celebrity lawyer
HUNTINGTON — A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday for nationally known comedian Andy Dick has been postponed to late March to give his local attorneys time to get a high-profile Los Angeles attorney cleared to defend Dick in West Virginia.
Sean Hammers, assistant prosecuting attorney in Cabell County, said the hearing was postponed to 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 29, by the local defense counsel, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Hammers said attorneys Marc Williams and Robert Massie told him they are working to get attorney Mark J. Geragos admitted to work this particular case in West Virginia because Geragos is not licensed to practice law in the state.
Dick is charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse related to an alleged early morning incident at Rum Runner’s on Jan. 24. He was in town performing at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Pullman Square.
Geragos’ client list has included actress Winona Ryder, the late Michael Jackson and former congressman Gary Condit. Geragos also has regularly appeared as both guest and legal commentator on “Good Morning America,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live” and “60 Minutes.”
Defendants in felony cases must appear at their preliminary hearings, according to state law. That could mean that Dick and Geragos would be at the March 29 hearing.
Dick, 44, is accused of groping a male bouncer and kissing and groping a male patron at Rum Runner’s.
He was bailed out by Funny Bone owner Tom Schaefer, who said in an interview about 12 hours after the 4 a.m. arrest that the criminal complaints were false.
Dick is perhaps best known for the roll of quirky station employee Matthew Brock on the NBC sitcom “News Radio” from 1995 to 1999, where he starred alongside David Foley and the late Phil Hartman.
Lately, Dick has appeared in various movies and television shows, starred in MTV’s “The Andy Dick Show” for two years earlier this decade and recently appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” spin-off “Sober House.”
According to Dick’s biography and various entertainment reports, this is not his first time he has had issues while on tour. Dick has been arrested in several other incidents, but charges in most cases were dropped. He is, however, serving a three-year probation for a lesser charge of battery in a 2008 incident involving a teenage girl, according to various entertainment reports.