Andy Dick Fired From Movie Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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Andy Dick has been dropped from the independent feature film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set. Reportedly two sources detailed Dick’s inappropriate behavior, which included groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production. It’s unclear if those involved were actors or crew.

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Mr. Dick vehemently denied groping claims to THR, but added,  it’s possible that he licked people and he confirmed that he did make advances on others.

 

To anyone who has followed Dick’s legal troubles, his well-documented history of outlandish comedy and often intentionally offensive behavior, his dismissal may not come as a surprise. But the claims can be seen as more unsettling in today’s cultural climate in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. (Or ousted figures like Bill O’Reilly, Amazon Studios’ Roy Price, political journalist Mark Halperin, The Loud House creator Chris Savino, with more each day bening named.

 

Dick said he’s aware of his reputation. At first, he made light of the situation, joking that “my middle name is ‘misconduct.’ They know what they signed up for.” However, he followed up the quip with a denial that he ever groped anyone on set.

 

“I don’t grope people anymore. I don’t expose myself anymore,” he said by telephone. (Also well-documented is his history of exposing his genitals in public and on stage.) “I do understand that the temperature in the world right now is delicate.”

 

He claimed that the temperature on set in Arizona was delicate, too, and that he contributed to that by bringing up Weinstein. “Can I tell you my side of it,” Dick then asked before asserting that the filmmakers could’ve been upset that he was talking about or perhaps defending Weinstein, with whom he made two films. “They were so incensed by what I was saying. People are so sensitive,” he said, without elaborating on exactly what he said.

 

Written and directed by Bruce Dellis, the Raising Buchanan stars Rene Auberjonois, Amanda Melby, Shannon Whirry and M. Emmet Walsh in the story of a woman who steals the corpse of former U.S. President James Buchanan (Auberjonois) hoping to land a ransom but it seems that nobody is interested in getting the body back. Joe Gruberman is the sole producer on the project and when reached by THR, he declined to comment on the situation.

 

 

He ended this most recent chapter by saying that he’s learned his lesson. “I won’t do it anymore,” he said. “I won’t lick anyone’s face anymore. We have an agreement.”

 

He also has stated that he may retire.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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