August 24th, 2019

Police arrest man in attack on comedian Andy Dick

By The Associated Press on August 14, 2019.

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, comedian Andy Dick arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at The Culver Studios in Culver City, Calif. Dick says he was assaulted outside a New Orleans nightclub after performing in the French Quarter. He tells The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate he was unconscious for 15 minutes after someone knocked him to the ground with a punch early Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS – Authorities have made an arrest in an attack on comedian Andy Dick outside a New Orleans nightclub where he had performed.

In a news release, New Orleans police spokesman Aaron Looney says 46-year-old David Hale was arrested early Wednesday and booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree battery and simple battery.

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Philip Stelly said he did not know whether Hale had an attorney.

Dick told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate someone punched him early Saturday, knocking him out for 15 minutes. Dick was outside the French Quarter club when he was punched.

Robert Couvillion, who promoted the show, says the performer didn’t have any reason to expect to be attacked.

The comedian and musician is known for his role in the 1990s NBC-TV show “NewsRadio.”

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