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Another Dr. Drew Success Story

 

Andy Dick Sued by Comedy Fan for Being Super Gross:

Well, here’s a shocker. Andy Dick is in trouble again for crossing the line, this time with a comedy fan in Texas, who alleges in a new lawsuit that the outrageous performer made his private parts public, then forced them onto the patron’s head.

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Andy Dick Accused of Urinating on A Display at A Film Festival

In his latest headline-making incident, the 45-year-old  star is accused of pulling down his pants, thrusting against a table before urinating on a public display at the Newport Beach Film Festival last month.

Organisers of the annual event, which takes place about an hour outside of Los Angeles, say they are considering filing a lawsuit against Dick.

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Last year, he was charged with sexual abuse over allegations that he groped a bouncer at a West Virginia bar.

In 2008, Dick was arrested in Murrieta, California, on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery, for allegedly grabbing and pulling down a 17-year-old girl’s tank top and brassiere.

In 2009, he attempted to get help, by appearing on Sober House, a Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew spin-off focusing on a sober living environment.

Dick approached Dr. Drew Pinsky to ask for help with his addictions and agreed to enter the Sober Living house.

In one episode, the troubled star explained that his drinking led to many of the public incidents for which he had become notorious, and had ruined many of his relationships.

In 2010, Dick was arrested at a bar in Huntington, West Virginia, on charges of sexual abuse after reportedly groping a bartender and a patron.

Earlier this year, in January Dick was thrown out of the AVN Awards, a pornographic movie awards ceremony, after witnesses say he repeatedly groped and stalked adult film actress Tera Patrick and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue.

 

Dr. Drew: Recovery Ghoul

Intervention or Exploitation

In this season’s opening episode, Janice Dickinson, a former supermodel and reality TV star, had been weaned off of benzodiazepines, which resulted in a massive panic attack. Sobbing to one of the hospital’s staff members, she revealed she was contemplating going to the bathroom to hang herself. The moment was teased endlessly in previews leading to the premiere.

It’s exactly the kind of moment that Sack says those who sign up for the show don’t realize might later haunt them.

“Our concern is that people who are in the throes of an addiction should not be signing a release for something that will be shown on TV over and over,” he explained. Most reality television shows, he explained, require subjects to sign an irrevocable release contract which states that all footage filmed of them may be used on air, even if they change their mind midway.

Garrett, for one, insisted he was not “coerced” into signing a contract to appear on “Celebrity Rehab.” “I was a functioning addict,” he explained. “I’d made many decisions in business meetings outside of doing this show.”

Still, he said that a couple of weeks before entering the Pasadena Recovery Center, he attempted to get a head start on his sobriety and was four days clean when VH1 producers approached him with a request. “They asked to get some footage of me using, and I said, ‘I haven’t been using,'” he recalled. “They said, ‘We really have to get footage of you using.’ Anyway, I was easily talked into showing them.”