Comedian Andy Dick Arrested for Investigation of Sexual Battery, Drug Use

Published July 17, 2008

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Comedian Andy Dick was arrested Wednesday morning in Murrieta, Calif., for investigation of drug use and sexual battery after he allegedly pulled down a teenager's top, police said.

The former co-star of the TV sitcom "NewsRadio" was released from a detention center after posting $5,000 bail.

Cops arrested Dick, 42, just before 2 a.m. in the parking lot near a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

According to the Murrieta Police Department's Web site, police responded to call at the restaurant to investigate an intoxicated male at the location urinating outside the bar and causing a disturbance.

Click here for the police press release.

Officers arrived and stopped a truck which was leaving the location. Witnesses told the officers that one of the truck occupants had sexually battered a 17-year-old outside Buffalo Wild Wings.

The 17-year-old female and several witnesses told police that as Dick left the establishment, he approached two females outside the bar. Dick walked up to the 17-year-old female, grabbed her tank top and bra and pulled them down and exposed her breasts, they said. He then was escorted by several of his friends to a truck which was stopped by arriving police officers in a nearby Sam’s Club a few moments later.

According to the Web site, Dick was in the front passenger seat of the truck. A curbside lineup was conducted and Dick was identified by the 17-year-old female, as well as a witness. During a search, marijuana and Xanax were found in Dick’s pants pockets.

The site also says that Dick was extremely intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

Dick was booked at Southwest Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

An employee in Dick's manager's office told FOXNews.com that Dick's manager would respond later when he had more information.

Dick has a reputation for crude behavior. He has been reported to have exposed himself to audiences at least twice. He was forcibly removed from the set of the show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last year after he repeatedly touched guest Ivanka Trump without her permission.

Also last year, Dick was cited in Columbus, Ohio, for urinating on the sidewalk. A comedy club owner in the city said the actor also made inappropriate comments while onstage, groped patrons, took women into the men's room and urinated on the floor and on at least one person.

In 1999, Dick was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana after driving his car into a telephone pole in Hollywood. He pleaded guilty but the charges were dismissed after he went into a diversion program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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