Sexual harassment and sexual assault have been making headlines every day since the Harvey Weinstein allegations dropped. Since Weinstein’s bombshell list of alleged victims came out, more and more people have decided to step forward about similar behaviors they experienced themselves.
On Monday, Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) was accused of attempted sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”) when Rapp was 14. Even former President George H.W. Bush recently was accused of sexually assaulting an actress a few years ago.
Now, another prominent man has been alleged of sexually assaulting female coworkers, except he’s not really apologizing for his actions.
Comedian Andy Dick, best known for “NewsRadio” and “Road Trip,” has been accused of “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the [‘Raising Buchanan’] production,” by sources to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dick confirmed to THR that he was, in fact, fired from the independent film project, but he denied groping genitals. However, that’s essentially the only thing he denied, telling THR:
“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.”
He suggested that the reason he doesn’t “grope people anymore” has to do with the recent Weinstein scandal, saying:
“I don’t expose myself anymore. I do understand that the temperature in the world right now is delicate.”
As for making sexual propositions in the workplace, he basically told THR he had to because he wanted some company:
“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.”
He continued by saying that making unwanted advances and licking women’s cheeks is the only thing he’s ever done to successfully land a girlfriend.andydick/Instagram
“I don’t know the difference between sexual harassment and trying to get a date. 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.”
That sentiment is one that echoed one of Weinstein’s amid tens of sexual assault allegations when, according to The New York Times, he said:
“I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”
Andy Dick might not be, as far as Hollywood is concerned, as powerful as Weinstein, but he seems to be very unaware that his actions — as well as attitude toward those actions — seem eerily similar to someone sexually assaulting people in the workplace.