Comedian Andy Dick was attacked after his performance in New Orleans on Aug. 10, according to multiple reports.
Robert Couvillion, the comedian’s booking agent, said that Dick was punched when he was exiting One Eyed Jack’s, located on Roulouse Street in the city’s French Quarter, after one of his shows, according to Fox 8. Couvillion said that Dick was waiting for an Uber when he was punched.
Couvillion said that Dick was punched by the assailant when he was not looking.
“We walk out the club to Uber and were saying bye to my friends,” Couvillion said, according to Fox 8. “Andy was standing in front of the club when the guy cold cocked him while he was talking to someone. Andy’s head fell into the wall, then fell into the motorcycle, then cracked on the cement.”
The New Orleans Advocate reported that the comedian lost consciousness afterward, and Paris Dylan, a guitarist-singer, who was also at the show performing alongside Dick, tried to call out to him but was unable to.
Couvillion and two other people chased after the assailant but were unable to catch him.
For 15 minutes Dick laid on his back completely unconscious, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
The outlet reported that Dick was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was transported to the Intensive Care Unit in order to treat his head injuries. Dick recalled that the damage done by the assailant could have been a possible brain bleed.
“We thought he was dead,” Couvillion recalled. “It was really bad.”
The comedian was released from the hospital and flew back home to Los Angeles on Aug. 12, according to Fox 8.
Couvillion said that he had filed a police report and planned to sue the attacker for assaulting the comedian. He said that police believe that the goal of the attack was so it could be videoed and sold to media.
Police are investigating the case as possible assault, and a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, Gary Scheets, stated that the case was open and active for whoever might have information.
After word got out about the incident, Couvillion said that someone recognized who the attacker was and gave their name to authorities, according to the New Orleans Advocate. However, police have yet to confirm whether the person is a suspect in the case.
Couvillion said that Dick was polite and nice to the people watching and even took photos with his fans, according to Fox 8. Overall, the agent said that Dick had a great show. Couvillion said that there wasn’t any reason for anyone to attack the comedian.
“Andy was on his best behavior. Some of his shows are a little wilder. Every show is different. This show was mostly storytelling. He didn’t disrespect anyone,” Couvillion said, according to the New Orleans Advocate.
“I’m really stumped, flabbergasted,” Couvillion said.
As a result of the assault, Dick was forced to cancel the second show at the venue and was unlikely to ever play again in New Orleans, Couvillion said.