A nationally known stand-up comedian from West Hollywood, California, is scheduled to go on trial in Hennepin County next month after being charged with sexually assaulting a Mall of America comedy club server, the Star Tribune reports.
Adam S. Richmond, 39, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after being arrested at his Bloomington hotel room on July 29, 2013. He has been free on bond and has been touring pending the start of the trial, which is set for April 28.
Richmond, who has appeared on such national television shows as "Last Comic Standing" and "Last Call with Carson Daly," was arrested and charged following allegations by a woman who said the attack took place at her home.
The woman, who claims Richmond was drunk when attacked her, said she responded by throwing several punches and kicking him in the groin, the Star Tribune reports.
FOX 9 attempted to contact Richmond and his attorney about the charges, but received no response. The station says Richmond's agent and manager were unaware of the charges until now.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman says she was a server at Rick Bronson’s Comedy Club when Richmond was hitting on her during his five days as the club’s headliner in July 2013. Although she says she told him she was not interested, she allowed Richmond to stop by her Bloomington home for drinks.
The complaint says Richmond made suggestive comments and tried grabbing at the woman while at the home, and became aggressive toward her when the woman's roommates went to bed.
After punching Richmond and kneeing him in the groin and fleeing the home, the woman was followed by Richmond outside – where he knocked her down and felt the woman's genitals over her clothing, the complaint says. The complaint also says that Richmond attempted to have the woman perform a sex act on him. The woman eventually made her way back into her home, where she called 911.
FOX 9 says that in a statement to police, Richmond admitted to being drunk and having a foggy memory, as well as exposing his genitals and wrestling the woman to the ground. He reportedly had a blood-alcohol concentration of .17.
According to FOX 9 and the Star Tribune, Richmond told police in an interview, "Maybe I was horny; I get excited when I am drunk."
FOX 9 says Richmond faces up to 25 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines if convicted of both charges.