Morgantown - Two US men who say they were sexually assaulted by comedian Andy Dick at a nightclub two years ago have filed a lawsuit against the comedian.
The 26-year-old and the 35-year-old are also involved in a pending criminal case against Dick, their attorney said on Tuesday. Dick's trial on two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse is set for May 1.
Dick pleaded not guilty last summer to charges he grabbed a bouncer's crotch, and groped and kissed a patron while performing a series of shows at a comedy club. The alleged acts occurred January 23 2010, at the Rum Runners nightclub.
Attorney Mike Woelfel said he filed the case earlier this month, seeking unspecified damages, to comply with the statute of limitations, which expired on Monday. He said the complaint and the criminal case speak for themselves.
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The complaint says the men were victims of "battery and sexual abuse" and demands compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress, outrageous conduct, assault and invasion of privacy. The Associated Press does not generally identify the victims of alleged sexual abuse.
Dick's attorney, Marc Williams, dismissed the accusations.
"This proves what we've known all along," he told the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington. "This was only about getting money from a celebrity."
Dick had a long-running stint in the 1990s on NBC's NewsRadio. He briefly had his own programme, The Andy Dick Show, on MTV. He also has had roles in several movies, including Dude, Where's My Car? and Old School.
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