Richmond is accused of assaulting an employee of Rick Bronson’s Comedy Club at the Mall of America in Bloomgington, MN, last July.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Richmond, 40, repeatedly flirted with the woman while he was headlining at the club for five days. Papers filed in the case say the woman let him come to her home for drinks on July 28 with her and her roommates but clearly stated that she had no romantic or sexual interest in him. At 3 a.m. police responded to a complaint of an assault in progress at the apartment.
The victim told police that while he drinking with her and her roommates, Richmond made inappropriate comments and grabbed at her. She rebuffed him. But when her roommates went to bed, he became more aggressive, the victim alleged.
She said he followed her into the kitchen and pinned her. She kneed him in the groin and ran outside, she said. The victim contends that Richmond followed her, knocked her to the ground, reached under her dress and touched her genitals. She escaped and ran inside and dialed 911 for help. While talked to emergency operators, the victim says, Richmond forced her to the ground and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
The police arrested Richmond at his hotel room. The arrest report said that Richmond had a blood-alcohol level of .17 and that he acknowledged that he had been drunk, that he had exposed himself to the woman and had wrestled her to the ground. “Maybe I was horny; I get excited when I am drunk,” Richmond told the police.
“What Mr. Richmond doesn’t understand is the word ‘no,'” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “What men need to understand is a woman has a right to say yes or no, and she made all sorts of efforts to get away.”
Richmond, who has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Last Call with Carson Daly,” faces one felony count of third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and a felony count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He may face up to 25 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines if convicted on both charges.
Currently free on bail, Richmond continues to travel and perform. The trial is set to begin next month.