In what appears to be yet another instance of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or the like in or around Hollywood, actor-comedian Andy Dick was recently fired from the set of an independent film — for what was considered harassing behavior.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Dick was accused by two anonymous people on the set of “Raising Buchanan” of groping individuals’ genitals, propositioning multiple women for sex — and licking people.
Dick responded to the allegations by saying he had been fired from an independent film, but he denied that he groped people “anymore.”
“I don’t grope people anymore. I don’t expose myself anymore,” Dick said to THR. “I do understand that the temperature in the world right now is delicate.”
Dick has prior arrests for exposing himself in public and for groping a bartender.
The actor did not deny the licking or propositioning people on the set for sex.
"I didn't grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing — I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It's me being funny. I'm not trying to sexually harass people," said Dick.
As for propositioning people, the comedian said, "Of course I'm going to proposition people. I'm single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did, and then I was done."
Whether groping people on set is true or not, the admitted licking of individuals is strange — even for a comedian. It's not a "working condition" that many people, especially women, would likely welcome.
The firing of Dick for his behavior is actually another positive sign after Netflix quickly cut ties with Kevin Spacey, who was recently accused of trying to seduce a then-14-year-old actor in 1986 when Spacey was 26. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and of more men and women telling their stories of abuse and harassment within the industry, some in Hollywood are beginning to police behavior better — and not let people with "celebrity" get away with actions that would be unacceptable coming from anyone else.
Let's hope the momentum doesn't stop.
Last Modified: October 31, 2017, 2:17 pm