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Comedian Andy Dick pleads not guilty to groping driver

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Andy Dick has pleaded not guilty to groping a driver from a ride-hailing service. Dick entered the plea Friday in Los Angeles. to one count of misdemeanor sexual battery. Prosecutors allege he groped a driver 18 months ago in West Hollywood.

His representative declined comment. Dick, a 53-year-old native of Charleston, South Carolina, who starred in the 1990s sitcom "NewsRadio," has been a popular and sometimes problematic guest on radio and TV shows, known for his erratic, over-the-top behavior.

He has been arrested and sued over several other groping accusations through the years, including a 2010 incident involving a bouncer and patron at a West Virginia bar. Criminal charges were dismissed after Dick completed a pretrial diversion program.

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