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Andy Dick charged with felony, shows still on

Comedian
Jan. 23, 2010 @ 04:27 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Andy Dick, in town for weekend performances at the Funny Bone, was arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday by Huntington Police on sexual abuse charges.

The 44-year-old comedian appeared before a magistrate early in the afternoon and a spokesman for the club said he expected Dick’s shows Saturday and Sunday to go on as scheduled.

Dick was taken into custody around 4 a.m. after two men accused Dick of groping them at Rum Runners, at 819 3rd Ave. According to a press release issued at 12:26 p.m. Saturday from the Huntington Police Department, officers responded to a call 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 two victims and independent witness accounts alleging that he had engaged in unwanted and uninvited groping of the two victims' genital areas, Andrew R. Dick (AKA Andy Dick) of South Pasadena, Calif., was arrested and charged with two counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree,” the press release stated.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. If convicted, Dick faces one to five years in prison.

Tom Schaefer, owner of the Huntington Funny Bone, said he was posting Dick’s $6,000 bail -- 10 percent of the $60,000 bond placed by Magistrate Patty Verbage Spence.

He also said he was with Dick early Saturday morning and disputes what happened at Rum Runners.

“We were at Rum Runners for literally 10 minutes. Nothing happened there except walking through the door and sitting at the bar,” Schaefer said.

Dick has appeared in various movies, 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 having issues while on tour. A July 2008 release from the MTV Newsroom, stated Dick was arrested in California on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery. He allegedly grabbed and pulled down the tank-top of a 17-year-old girl, exposing her breasts.

It also details several other incidents. However, Dick was never convicted in most of the cases.  He is currently serving a three-year probation for a lesser charge of battery in the 2008 incident involving the teenage girl. 

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