David Spade Aide Pleads Not Guilty in Attack

Jan. 24, 2001 -- The former friend and assistant of David Spade has pleaded not guilty to assault and burglary charges following a bizarre incident in which he allegedly attacked the actor with a stun gun.

David "Skippy" Malloy, 30, entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to one count each of assault with a stun gun and burglary, stemming from the Nov. 29 incident. A Beverly Hills, Calif., Superior Court judge ordered Spade's former personal assistant, who was released without bail after the altercation, to return for a preliminary hearing in the case on March 15.

Malloy allegedly shot the Just Shoot Me star with — of all things — a stun gun during an apparent early-morning burglary. The judge ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from his former boss and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

"David Malloy was a good friend of mine for five years," Spade said in a statement after the incident. "I believe he is a good person who is obviously mentally troubled right now. I can only hope that he seeks the help he needs to get well. My heart goes out to him."

Malloy could spend six years in prison if convicted on both charges.

Spade was not seriously injured in the attack. He refused medical treatment and returned to work on the set of his NBC comedy hours later.

Spade called 911 early Nov. 29 to report a burglary in progress, according to Los Angeles police. Allegedly, there was a struggle between Spade and Malloy.

Reuters contributed to this story.