Andy Dick Pleads No Contest in Sexual Battery Case to Avoid Jail

Having changed his initial not guilty plea to lewd conduct and battery, the 'Employee of the Month' actor is ordered to complete 15 days of community service.

AceShowbiz - Comedian Andy Dick has avoided jail after striking a plea deal in his sexual battery case.

The "Employee of the Month" star initially pleaded not guilty in July (2018) after he was accused of grabbing a woman's butt twice and making lewd comments as he walked past her on a Los Angeles street in April (2018).

He has since reached an agreement with prosecutors to keep him out of jail, and instead pleaded no contest to lewd conduct and battery during a court hearing on Tuesday, February 26.

In exchange for leniency, he must complete 15 days of community service and spend the next 36 months on summary probation, according to The Blast.

Representatives for Andy, who has struggled with addiction issues, have yet to comment on the legal news.

At the time the original charges were filed, Dick had recently been fired from two films, "Raising Buchanan" and "Vampire Dad", over allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour in late 2017.

He had also experienced problems at home - his longtime partner Lena Sved was granted a permanent restraining order against him in March 2018 over claims that he became violent after drinking. He was ordered to vacate the family home and stay away from Sved, their children Jacob and Meg, and her daughter Rachel Seff.

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