Multiple women have come forward with allegations of online sexual misconduct against Chris D’Elia, which the comedian has denied.
The 40-year-old stand-up comedian – who recently played a perverted comic in the hit Netflix show You – denied the reports on Wednesday in a lengthy statement to TMZ.
‘I know I have said and done things that might have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point,’ D’Elida told the outlet.
‘All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me.’
D’Elia added: ‘That being said, I really am truly sorry. I was a dumb guy who ABSOLUTELY let myself get caught up in my lifestyle. That’s MY fault. I own it. I’ve been reflecting on this for some time now and I promise I will continue to do better.”
The New Jersey native was at the center of online controversy on Tuesday when a woman by the name of Simone Rossi using the handle @girlpowertbh tweeted images that depicted a text chat between the pair six years ago, later saying that she felt she was ‘being groomed by a stand-up comedian’ for sex.
She wrote: ‘Imagine being 16 and being groomed by a stand up comedian twice ur age and the only reason you never met up and never got physically m*lested was because u had just gotten a boyfriend ur own age.’
Another user under the handle @michaelacoletta accused the comedian of ‘[soliciting] nudes off of [her] when [she] was 17 years old.’
He ‘constantly messaged me whenever he was touring [Vancouver] and asked me to come backstage to his shows,’ she wrote.
She subsequently added: ‘I am so unsurprised that multiple girls are coming out with almost the exact story as mine. It’s a known fact he’s a f***ing perv and he plays those roles perfectly when acting lmao.’
Comedian Leah Knauer tweeted that when she was 19, she received a DM from D’Elia and they began emailing.
She wrote: ‘He asked for nudes, but I said no. After lewd emails & texts, I went over to his place 1 night (which was disgusting btw, buy a fckn vacuum). ‘His energy that night was very dark and creepy – I remember he even got mad at me for “ringing the doorbell wrong”, so our first face-to-face interaction was him scolding me. After a few minutes of talking, I told him I was a virgin. His eyes lit up… I was probably at his place for a total of 30 minutes before I left. Even though I was of legal age and consented to going over there, he was predatory and tbh scary.’
Other stories continued to be posted across multiple accounts, and across Twitter, many pointed out the ironic notion that D’Elia was accused of creepy behavior after playing characters of a similar ilk, including that of twisted comedian Joshua ‘Henderson’ Bunter on the Netflix series You.