Andy Dick and MTV. It was only a matter of time before the combustible pairing of the bizarro comic and the envelope-pushing cable net would go boom.


A 4-foot-2, 86-year-old actress has filed a lawsuit against Dick and MTV over a skit that, she claims, went way out of bounds.

The diminutive woman, R. Sparkle Stillman, says she was sexually battered and suffered emotional distress during the taping of Dick's eponymous MTV show, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Stillman, who reportedly weighs 76 pounds and has a congenital spinal deformity that affects her breathing, showed up for taping in a Santa Monica park on June 18. She claims she was supposed to perform in a purse-snatching sketch, but upon her arrival, she says she was told the bit had been canceled.

Instead, she was allegedly told to lie down on her back. When she asked what was going to happen, an assistant director "told her to 'shut up,' " the suit says.

While lying down, an unnamed naked man jumped on her and rubbed his body against hers in what her suit describes as a simulated sexual assault.

She is asking for unspecified damages and a court order blocking MTV from airing the episode.

MTV refused to comment on pending litigation.

This isn't the first time MTV has faced legal action over a show stunt gone awry. Earlier this year, two girls filed suit against the network after they were showered with human feces in a prank for a now-defunct pilot called Dude, That Sucks. The girls sued for infliction of emotional distress, negligence and battery. The case is pending.

Meanwhile, Dick, 35, can't be too excited with the prospect of more face time in a Los Angeles courtroom. The funnyman, known for his wacky comic stylings, just had his record wiped clean in June after completing an 18-month court-ordered drug diversion program.

Dick was sentenced to the rehab stint after pleading guilty in August 1999 to felony cocaine possession and two other misdemeanor charges--marijuana possession and possession of a smoking device--following a car crash in Hollywood.

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