A judge Monday dismissed a comedian’s lawsuit alleging that a radio personality punched him repeatedly during a video podcast as it was being live-streamed on the Internet in 2017.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen I. Goorvitch granted a request by Robert Adler, an attorney for Bayman Productions, to throw out plaintiff Aries Spears’ case after neither the plaintiff nor an attorney representing him showed up for the scheduled start of trial. Bayman produces the podcast “The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show.”
Spears, an alumnus of the sketch comedy television show, “MadTV,” alleged in the lawsuit filed in June 2017 that Holcomb should have intervened to stop the alleged attack on the plaintiff by Alonzo Williams, who co-hosted the podcast.
Williams, a relationship coach and former music executive, also was sued and Spears’ lawyers in January 2018 started the process to seek a default judgment against him. However, Spears’ lawyers were granted permission by Judge Elaine Lu in July 2018 to withdraw from the case and Spears did not replace them.
The dismissal order was made “without prejudice,” meaning the suit can be revived under the right legal circumstances.
Spears’ suit alleged that near the end of a two-hour appearance on Holcomb’s podcast on April 12, 2017, Williams became agitated with him and threatened him. The confrontation happened in the show’s recording studio in a storage facility in Van Nuys, the suit stated.
“The situation devolved into chaos as … Williams savagely beat Mr. Spears in the face and head,” the suit alleged.
Spears guarded his head with his arms before he fell down, the suit states.