The man who allegedly “cold-cocked” Andy Dick outside a New Orleans nightclub over the weekend claims he did so because the comedian grabbed his genitals.
Dick, 53, was sent to the hospital Saturday with a possible brain bleed after a man named David Hale allegedly punched him.
Dick had just finished up performing a show at One Eyed Jacks nightclub in the French Quarter. He was outside waiting for an Uber when the altercation occurred.
“Andy was standing in front of the club when the guy cold-cocked him while he was talking to someone,” Dick’s booking agent Robert Couvillion told WVUE. “Andy’s head fell into the wall, then fell into the motorcycle, then cracked on the cement.”
Hale, 46, allegedly told police he punched because Dick groped him, according to the New Orleans Advocate. He said it was an act of retaliation after Dick groped him and winked at him.
He was charged Wednesday with one count each of second-degree battery and simple battery, according to the online jail records.
A representative for the comedian claimed to the outlet that Hale has told conflicting stories. Law enforcement said they are looking into the groping allegations but Dick has not been charged anything.
Dick told The Times-Picayune by phone that he was “knocked out 100 percent for 15 minutes” after the blow.
The comedian, known just as much for eccentric behavior as his comedic work, was transported to the intensive care unit for head injuries and remained hospitalized for several days. He was observed for a possible brain bleed.
Dick was charged with sexual battery in 2018 after he allegedly touched and made comments to a woman passing him on a street, according to a 2018 Variety report. He pleaded no contest to lewd conduct and battery as part of a plea deal, MSN.com reported.
Dick was released from the hospital Monday.
No bail has been set for Hale. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. Hale also allegedly punched a second man who chased him after his alleged attack on Dick. It does not appear Hale has been charged in connection with that.
Dick was a cast member on the sketch comedy program "The Ben Stiller Show." Dick briefly hosted "The Andy Dick Show" on MTV from 2001 to 2002. More recently, he made appearances on "Dancing with the Stars" and "Celebrity Wife Swap."
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.