Judd Apatow says he has spoken to a woman who recently accused Andy Dick of sexual assault, and he confirmed that the actor would not be returning to Apatow’s Netflix series, Love.
On Sunday, Morgan Paige claimed on social media that Dick violently and repeatedly groped her without consent while at a club for the first time with her sister. “He makes a lewd gesture, shouts something angrily as he then throws middle fingers in the air, and puts his hand back on my leg,” she wrote, after recounting attempts to remove Dick’s hand from her thigh. “As people get up, he clasps onto my hand. I can’t get my hand out. He starts power walking with me through the crowd to a more exclusive roped off area and I try to rip his hand off mine. Finally an friend grabs his as well, and lies to him, saying I’ll return, so he leaves us.”
Paige tagged Judd Apatow repeatedly in the Twitter thread, implying that his casting of Dick on Love was “disappoint[ing].” Dick appeared in both seasons of the Netflix comedy that have aired so far, playing a fictionalized version of himself.
On Monday night, Paige updated her followers, indicating that she had spoken to Apatow and they had a “good talk.” Apatow then posted a brief statement on the matter to Twitter.
“Clearly Andy Dick’s behavior is reprehensible,” he wrote. “We used him twice on our show two years ago when he was sober for an extended period in order to encourage him to change his life. Sadly he has not. We no longer use him on our show.” (Dick most recently appeared in the episode “Housesitting,” which along with the rest of season 2 premiered in March of this year.)
In October, two unnamed sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Dick inappropriately groped, kissed, licked, and/or made sexual proposals toward at least four people during production of the independent movie Raising Buchanan. THR subsequently reported that Dick allegedly exhibited similar behavior on the set of Vampire Dad, a low-budget comedy film. He has since been fired from both movies.
Dick denied the groping allegations to THR but confirmed other aspects of the outlet’s reporting. “I didn’t grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing,” he said. “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 could not be reached for immediate comment on Paige’s allegations of assault or Apatow’s response.
Dick’s history of alleged sexual misconduct goes back decades. He was literally removed from the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live by the host in 2007, after he continually touched fellow guest Ivanka Trump live on the air.