Comedian Adam Richmond acquitted of sexually assaulting server at club

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2014 - 9:45 PM

A nationally known comic was acquitted Tuesday of accusations that he sexually assaulted a Mall of America comedy-club server at her home.

Adam S. Richmond, 39, of West Hollywood, Calif., was charged with third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in July. After his arrest at his Bloomington hotel room, Richmond told police that “maybe I was a little aggressive,” the criminal complaint said. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent.

Richmond has performed across the nation and has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

A server at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy said Richmond was hitting on her, according to the charges. She made it clear to him that she was not interested, but let him stop by her Bloomington home for drinks. Richmond kept grabbing at her, the charges said.

She punched him several times and ordered him to leave. He pinned her against the stove, prompting her to knee him in the groin and run outside, where he continued trying to grope her before leaving in a taxi, the charges say.

Richmond asked for a bench trial instead of one with a jury. The judge was Daniel Mabley.

DAVID CHANEN

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