WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP/WFLA) — Comedian Andy Gross stirred outrage at Indiana’s Purdue University, which says the Los Angeles-based performer’s act during a student orientation was inappropriate.
The Indianapolis Star reports that some students walked out of Saturday’s performance and accused the comedian of harassing a female student who was called on stage to assist with part of his routine.
They say he made a crude reference to his own genitalia and requested that the student touch his leg, among other comments they found distasteful.
“Went through some card tricks, some magic tricks, made her step closer and closer and acted like his genitalia were talking to her, saying things that were downright nasty,” one student told WRTV. “As soon as you could see on her face that she was uncomfortable, there was a hush over the room. Everything kind of fell silent.”
A representative for Gross, a ventriloquist who also does magic tricks, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
School officials said in a statement accounts differ as to exactly what happened, but that parts of the performance were “clearly inappropriate and contrary to the university’s values.” They said they will not work with Gross again.