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Orleans Parish District Attorney’s officials on Friday dropped a case against a man accused of sucker punching comedian Andy Dick outside a French Quarter nightclub August 2019, according to court records.
The District Attorney’s refused to pursue the case against David Hale, 47, who was charged with two counts of simple and second-degree battery stemming from an incident outside One Eyed Jack’s on Aug. 10, 2019.
The case was dropped after the 54-year-old Dick wasn’t cooperative with prosecutors, according to nola.com, but added that the District Attorney’s Office will “redouble” its efforts to contact Dick and resume the case after the comedian expressed interest in pursuing charges.
Dick was allegedly attacked by Hale shortly after 2 a.m. following a performance at the nightclub located at 615 Toulouse St.
Hale alleges Dick grabbed him by the genitals, prompting him to punch Dick in the face when he wasn’t looking, according to Michael Kennedy, Dick’s attorney.
The force of the punch knocked Dick onto a parked motorcycle and onto the ground, cracking his head, knocking him unconscious and sending him to the local hospital’s intensive care unit, according to Robert Couvillon, Dick’s booking agent, in a statement to WVUE.
The District Attorney still has until 2023 to file charges against Hale before the statute of limitations runs out.