Judge’s Ruling

fhjgdhmFORT PIERCE — A judge’s ruling Friday paves the way for two comedians to show their videotaped confrontation with a Port St. Lucie man one of the comics claims sexually molested him nearly 40 years ago. Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn dissolved a temporary injunction he had previously granted to Stephen P. Spleen of Port St. Lucie to keep Andrew J. “Andy” Andrist of Eugene, Ore., and Doug S. Stanhope of Bisbee, Ariz., both standup comedians, from playing a tape of the pair’s Nov. 4 interview with Spleen at a Port St. Lucie hotel.

According to a motion filed by Fort Pierce attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Spleen admitted on the tape that he had abused Andrist. A compliant filed by Spleen’s attorney, J. Garry Rooney of Vero Beach, claims Andrist and Stanhope tried to obtain “money, possessions and/or notoriety to enhance their stand-up comedy careers by falsely accusing (Spleen) of committing disgraceful, deplorable and heinous acts.” Kirschner countered that Andrist wanted closure and to publicize Spleen’s activities for the sake of any other past and potential victims.

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