Man accused of punching comedian Andy Dick within the French Quarter has been jailed

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The man accused of sucker-punching comedian-musician Andy Dick outside a French Quarter club early Saturday is in jail.

David Hale, 46, was booked into New Orleans’ jail on Wednesday morning with one count each of second-degree battery and simple battery.

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Man accused of punching comedian Andy Dick in the French Quarter has been jailed

About punching
Punching is a forming process that uses a punch press to force a tool, called a punch, through the workpiece to create a hole via shearing. Punching is applicable to a wide variety of materials that come in sheet form, including sheet metal, paper, vulcanized fibre and some forms of plastic sheet. The punch often passes through the work into a die. A scrap slug from the hole is deposited into the die in the process. Depending on the material being punched this slug may be recycled and reused or discarded.
Punching is often the cheapest method for creating holes in sheet materials in medium to high production volumes. When a specially shaped punch is used to create multiple usable parts from a sheet of material the process is known as blanking. In metal forging applications the work is often punched while hot, and this is called hot punching.
Slugging is the operation of punching in which punch is stopped as soon as the metal fracture is complete and metal is not removed but held in hole

Dick had finished a performance at One Eyed Jacks in the 600 block of Toulouse Street and was lingering outside about 2:20 a.m. Saturday when he was attacked. Surveillance video of the ambush, which WWL-TV aired Tuesday, shows a man step from behind a woman on the sidewalk and throw a haymaker punch at Dick that landed violently on the 53-year-old entertainer’s head, knocking him down.

See video: Comic Andy Dick appears to have been blindsided by punch outside New Orleans club

Man accused of punching comedian Andy Dick in the French Quarter has been jailed

Comedian-musician Andy Dick was walking away from a French Quarter club early Saturday when a man stepped from behind a woman on the sidewalk …

Dick’s head hit something near the wall of the club and then bounced off the sidewalk as he fell. He lay motionless on the ground as bystanders rushed to help him.

The attacker then snatched up a beer bottle from the curb and walked away as a group of people ran after him, with one woman tripping to the ground during the chaos.

Dick said he was “knocked out 100 percent for 15 minutes” and was taken to a hospital, where he received treatment for brain bleeding. A fellow performer, guitarist Paris Dylan, said Dick’s head hit a motorcycle before it hit the ground.

Dick’s camp said they do not know why the attack happened and asserted it was unprovoked.

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Controversial comedian Andy Dick says he was assaulted outside a French Quarter club

Comedian-musician Andy Dick had finished a performance at the One Eyed Jacks nightclub on Toulouse Street in the French Quarter early Saturday…

A representative for Dick said the attacker then punched a second man, among those who chased him, around the corner of the club. That moment did not appear to be captured in the surveillance video from Tuesday.

Dick’s camp had identified Hale by name as the puncher to both law enforcement and the media on Monday, when the comedian first discussed the incident. They said they obtained it from people who were with Hale at One Eyed Jacks and had identified him as Dick’s assailant.

It was not clear Wednesday morning whether Hale had made any statements to investigators, who have not discussed a possible motive in the case.

A bail amount had not been set for Hale on Wednesday morning.

In Louisiana, second-degree battery is a felony that can carry up to eight years in prison. Simple battery, a misdemeanor, calls for a maximum of six months’ imprisonment. 

Dick is perhaps best known for his role on the mid-1990s NBC television show “NewsRadio,” though he was later in feature films such as “Road Trip” and “Inspector Gadget” as well. His career has been punctuated by controversial behavior both on and off stage.

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