Dick assault suspect says comedian grabbed genitals

NOPD may have to open new investigation into Saturday incident

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 14, 2019 - 9:29 am
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On the heels of New Orleans Police making an arrest in the Andy Dick assault case, new revelations have surfaced which have thrown the case in a new direction and may result in the opening of a fresh investigation.  

Court filings show suspect David Hale told investigators Dick grabbed his genitals at one point and winked at him, prompting his retailiation.

Hale faces a felony second degree battery charge for his alleged attack on Dick and a misdemeanor charge of simple battery for allegedly punching a man who tried to stop him as he was walking away from the scene.  

Hale was taken into custody earlier Wednesday morning and booked into Orleans Parish Prison on the charges, no bail amount has as yet been set. 

Comedian Andy Dick has had a history of inappropriate behavior in the past, including being hauled off Jimmy Kimmel Live by the host after repeatedly stroking the leg of Ivanka Trump.  

Entertainment trade publication Variety reported in 2018, Dick was charged with sexual battery.  Initially denying the claim, Dick later recanted and plead no contest to a lewd conduct and battery charge.  Dick escaped jail time with the plea.  

No official word of an investigation has been confirmed and Dick is not facing any charges at this time.  But, if charged with felony sexual battery, under Louisiana law, the penalty can carry up to 10-years in prison.  

Previously reported:

New Orleans police say they have arrested a man who allegedly sucker punched comedian Andy Dick outside a French Quarter club.

"The NOPD has arrested David Hale (DOB: 03-14-1973) this morning (August 14, 2019) in connection with this incident," Public Information Officer Aaron Looney said in a news release. "The arrest was made with the assistance of a tip submitted to Crimestoppers."

He says cops booked Hale into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for second degree battery and simple battery.

Dick says he spent two days in a New Orleans hospital with a concussion and brain bleed after the incident that happened Saturday following his performance at One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse Street.

Dick filed a complaint with the NOPD Monday after Louisiana State Police took no action Saturday.

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