Comedian Accused Of Sexually Harassing Student At Purdue Show

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Purdue University students are coming together to stand against a comedian accused of sexually harassing a student leader in front of thousands of people during the recent annual Boiler Gold Rush event. USA Today reported during comedian Andy Gross’ set, he called the female up on stage to be a volunteer before things took a turn. Students and the school are speaking out about the ventriloquist and illusionist’s reported inappropriate actions.

One of the new students in attendance at the incoming freshmen event was Andora Fess, who said Gross made the woman stand very close to him while making a joke about giving him an erection, before the two stood back-to-back and Gross made her touch his upper thigh. In a video clip of the incident Gross jokes that the two are standing “cheek to cheek.”

After audience members started leaving before the end of what many called an “unfunny” and “inappropriate” show, USA Today reported a university representative took the stage, saying the performance does not represent Purdue and its values, according to Fess.

“We will not work with this comedian again and are proud of our students who are standing up and voicing their concerns about the performance,” the university said, according to USA Today.

Students are also making their own statement by creating the hashtag #AndyGrossIsGross and posting their thoughts on social media. In addition to asking the university to take action, students and others in attendance have been tweeting “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to cancel an upcoming scheduled segment with Gross.

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