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HUNTINGTON -- Two men are suing comedian Andy Dick after they claim he sexually abused them in a Huntington night club.

On Jan. 23, 2010, Justin Hayes and Phillip Daniels were sexually abused at the hands of Dick, according to two complaints filed Jan. 11 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Hayes and Daniels claim they were both at Rum Runners Night Club in Huntington when Dick subjected them to sexual contact.

Dick has a history of sexual misconduct that is serial in nature, according to the suits.

The plaintiffs claim Dick's conduct was extremely outrageous and caused them intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Dick's actions were also common law battery, assault and an invasion of privacy on Hayes and Daniels, according to the suits.

Huntington attorney Marc Williams, who is representing Dick in the civil and criminal cases, said Monday the suits were filed for a few reasons.

"These lawsuits were only filed because the statute of
limitations was about to run," Williams said. "And, this proves what we have known all along: that this is only about getting money from a celebrity.

"These individuals retained private lawyers to bring claims on their behalf immediately after the incident. That tells me that this was about getting money from a celebrity, not about reporting a criminal act."

Daniels and Hayes claim they sustained a loss of ability to enjoy life because of Dick's conduct.

Daniels and Hayes are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre-judgment interest. They are being represented by Michael A. Woelfel.

The civil cases have been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case numbers: 12-C-23, 12-C-24

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