Comedian Andy Dick enters program that will erase sexual abuse charges

By | May 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | 2 comments | News | Tags: , ,

Former News Radio star Andy Dick has agreed to enter a program that, if completed successfully, would absolve him of sex abuse charges arising from a 2010 nightclub incident.

The program requires the comedian to stay out of trouble for the next six months; Dick cannot be caught with drugs or be arrested during that period. He’ll be subject to random drug tests, and he has to report to the county prosecutor’s office if he’s arrested or has any kind of run-in with the police. He must also remain employed.

Dick was sued in mid-2011 for rubbing his genitals on the side of a man’s head during a performance in Dallas, Texas. He was also accused of grabbing a bouncer’s crotch. If he doesn’t comply with the agreement, Dick could be tried on felony charges stemming from the incident.

Corky Hammers, an assistant prosecutor in West Virginia’s Cabell County, made it clear that the case isn’t over yet. He said in a statement on Monday, “If he doesn’t [comply with the agreement] … we get to start from scratch and we get to try the case.”

In an exclusive interview with Laughspin last year, Dick told us he’s been clean and sober and was voluntarily submitting to random drug testing.

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