NEW ORLEANS – A man accused of punching comedian Andy Dick outside a New Orleans nightclub early Saturday morning is now in custody.
Jail records show that 40-year-old David Hale was booked into the Orleans Parish Prison Wednesday on second-degree battery and simple battery charges.
Dick tells The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate he was unconscious for 15 minutes after someone knocked him to the ground with a punch outside One-Eyed Jacks.
Security video shows a figure moving outside of the ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ nightclub around 2 a.m. Saturday when another figure throws a wild punch that lands, sending the man to the ground.
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The video is time-stamped a few minutes before 2:20 a.m., the time that State Police troopers say that a battery was reported in the 600 block of Toulouse St., where Dick said he was struck.
The comedian and musician is known for his role on the 1990s NBC-TV show “NewsRadio.” He was performing at One Eyed Jacks in the 600 block of Toulouse Street before the alleged assault.
Dick says he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, adding he was observed there for what he described as a “possible brain bleed.”
Robert Couvillion, who promoted the show, says the performer didn’t have any reason to expect to be attacked. He says he was “flabbergasted” by what happened.
“Andy was on his best behavior,” Couvillion told the newspaper. “Some of his shows are a little wilder. Every show is different. This show was mostly storytelling. He didn’t disrespect anyone.”
Anyone with information about the attack should call the NOPD at 504-658-6080. Residents can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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Source:: Daily Times