Andy Dick was arrested and taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department on suspicion of grand theft in Hollywood, which involved a $1,000 necklace.
The comedian and actor, best known for MTV sketch show “The Andy Dick Show” and ’90s sitcom “NewsRadio,” was released on $25,000 bail early Saturday morning, according to YAHOO.
The LAPD would not release any other details, however, TMZ reports that a man accused Dick of stealing a necklace from him on Hollywood Blvd.
Andy Dick was arrested after he rode his bike next to a man to ask about the chain he was wearing around his neck. Seconds later, he grabbed it from the man and took off. The victim contacted police, according to Reuters.
The comedian is no stranger to brushes with the law after exhibiting strange behavior. His legal woes started in 1999 when he drove his car into a utility pole in Hollywood. He was arrested and charged with the possession of cocaine, cannabis, and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and hit-and-run driving.
Andy later pleaded guilty to the felony of cocaine possession and two other misdemeanor charges: cannabis possession and possession of a “smoking device.” After Dick completed an 18-month drug diversion program, a judge dismissed the felony and misdemeanor drug charges against him.
On December 4, 2004, Andy Dick was arrested for indecent exposure after he exposed his buttocks at a local McDonald’s.
Then, in 2008, Andy Dick was detained in Murrieta, California, on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery. He exposed the breasts of a 17-year-old female after he allegedly grabbed and pulled down her tank top and brassiere. During a search of his person, police reported finding a small quantity of cannabis and one alprazolam tablet (for which Dick did not have a prescription) in his front pants pocket.
He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. Dick eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and marijuana possession, he was sentenced to three years probation, paid about $700 in fines, and was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet for one year.
Just when people thought he learned from that incident, Andy Dick was arrested again in 2010 at a bar in Huntington, West Virginia after he reportedly groped a bartender and patron.
Dick was released from jail after pleading not guilty and posting $60,000 bail. Andy was formally indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury for two counts of first degree sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty during a formal arraignment in Cabell County Circuit Court in Huntington on July 29, 2011.
After receiving the not guilty plea, Judge Paul Ferrell set a trial date of January 17, 2012. After several delays, on May 21, 2012, Dick was given a six-month pre-trial diversion. An assistant prosecutor has said that the agreement states if the comedian stayed out of legal trouble for six months, the criminal charges will be dismissed.
However, later that year, Andy Dick was arrested again after he rubbed his genitals against a fan’s face. The case was dismissed. The victim, Robert Tucker, asked Andy for an autograph. Instead, Dick, who was wearing a “red skirt, black top and a wig,” gave him something else altogether.
According to the suit, Dick “took control of Plaintiff’s head with his left hand and pulled down his costume skirt with right hand, exposing the fact that he was not wearing underwear beneath the skirt. Defendant Dick then, while still controlling Plaintiff’s head with his hand, forced his genitals against the left side of Plaintiff’s face.”
While Tucker made a physical escape, his suit claimed that he suffered “severe and long-lasting emotional distress,” and that he was “harassed and ridiculed by the workers he supervises as well as his management peers.”
As Andy Dick gets arrested again, it’s hard to imagine him being a thief. Dick’s previous charges include drugs, sexual assault, and alcohol-related incidents. This time, however, it’s stealing.