Comedian and actor Andy Dick has been fired the independent film “Raising Buchanan” following claims of sexual harassment on set.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which could not reach the alleged victims but spoke with sources close to the production, Dick’s misconduct includes kissing/licking, groping and making lewd propositions toward at least four members of production.
Producer Jon Gruberman declined to comment on the particulars of Dick’s removal from the project: “Any changes in personnel, for whatever reason, are between us and the agencies that provide those people,” he said in a statement to TheWrap. “I feel that it would be an unwelcome distraction to us to open up a discussion about former employees.”
Dick told THR he had been fired and that he made advances while on set, but said that while it was “possible” that he licked people, he denied the groping claims. Dick’s reps did not respond to TheWrap’s requests for further comment.
“I didn’t grab anybody’s genitals,” he 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.”
“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.”
Dick also addressed claims that he was intoxicated while on set, attributing it to accidental overuse of his Xanax prescription. The 51-year-old comedian told THR that, because of his age, he doesn’t know the difference between flirting and harassment, but that he will retire if he faces any more accusations of misconduct and that he “won’t lick anyone’s face anymore.”
“Raising Buchanan,” which began shooting in Arizona earlier this month, is a comedy written and directed by Bruce Dellis and tells the story of a woman who steals the corpse of U.S. President James Buchanan and attempts to ransom it, only to discover that no one is interested. A distribution deal has not yet been made.