Says he doesn’t grope others or expose himself “anymore” and promises not to “lick anyone’s face.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Monday night, comedic actor Andy Dick, 51, responded to allegations leveled against him of sexual harassment and misconduct on the set, which led to him being fired this week from a film project. In characteristic fashion, the actor’s response to the allegations was anything but orthodox, punctuated by some seemingly earnest admissions mixed in with some off-the-wall comments.
The interview, conducted by phone late Monday, came after the filmmakers behind independent film Raising Buchanan (written and directed by Bruce Dellis, produced by Joe Gruberman) decided to fire Dick amid sexual misconduct and harassment accusations, including “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production.” Dick denied having groped anyone, at least recently, but did admit to strange behavior on set that he suggested is likely no longer acceptable in the current “temperature” of the industry.
THR notes that Dick initially “made light of the situation” by joking that his middle name is “misconduct,” but then addressed some of the allegations directly, at one point issuing a flat denial of groping anyone’s “genitals.”
“I don’t grope people anymore. I don’t expose myself anymore,” said Dick. “I do understand that the temperature in the world right now is delicate.”
While the actor acknowledged that things got off to a rocky start on the project after he showed up late and his friend disrupted filming by falling asleep and snoring, he insisted that he “didn’t grope anybody,” and he specifically “didn’t grab anybody’s genitals.”
“I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them,” said Dick. “That’s my thing — I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people. I didn’t grab anybody’s genitals. 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.”
Dick added later that he doesn’t know the rules of acceptable behavior anymore.
“I don’t know the difference between sexual harassment and trying to get a date,”he said. “In the ’70s, all the girlfriends I got was by kissing and licking their cheek. I don’t know anymore. There were beautiful women and beautiful guys on the set. I flirt with them. I might kiss someone on the set and ask them to go to dinner. They are the ones that took it south.”
Dick suggested that one of the reasons behind his firing from the film may have been his defense of Weinstein, which “incensed” some people on the project. Dick worked with Weinstein on two films.
He also addressed the accusation that he appeared to be intoxicated, claiming he “overtook my medication and took too many Xanax and I was a bit loopy. That didn’t make me rape people.”
“I really don’t get it,” he added. “I’m always trying to be funny and trying to get a date. I still don’t have a date. I am on Tinder and I’m looking.”
Paul Ryder, Dick’s friend who appeared on the set with him, backed up his friend’s claim, saying he never saw him grope anyone.
Dick told THR that if he runs into more allegations in the future, he’ll retire from the industry, but he hopes not to have to do so because he’s working on a number of projects. He ended the conversation by promising not to “lick anyone’s face anymore.”