Chris D’Elia Accused Of Sexually Harassing And Grooming Underage Girls
Multiple women have come forward on Twitter to expose his creepiness.
Stand-up comedian and actor Chris D’Elia has been accused of sexually harassing and grooming several underage girls. The onslaught of accusations began when D’Elia’s role as a pedophile and comedian in the second season of Netflix’s “You” prompted a woman on Twitter named Simone Rossi to comment on the parallels between his character and his off-screen behavior. On June 16, Rossi wrote: “I still can’t believe netflix cast chris d’elia as the pedophile in season to of ‘you’ like the literal IRONY.” She went on to post screenshots of their interactions and said, “for the longest time i thought it was embarrassing for ME that i was interacting with this older man but he was the one who DM’d me on twitter and was the one who was twice my age and was the one that used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f*ck chris d’elia.”
i still can’t believe netflix cast chris d’elia as the pedophile in season to of “you” like the literal IRONY— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
Rossi’s Twitter thread prompted several other women on Twitter to come forward with similar accusations, with many saying that D’Elia contacted them when they were teenagers and asked them to meet up with him and send him nudes. One user wrote, “although i’ve been publicly saying it for years, FUCK Chris D’elia. he solicited nudes off of me when i was 17 years old and constantly messaged me whenever he was touring vancouver and asked me to come backstage to his shows.”
Another wrote, “fuck you @chrisdelia. you solicited nudes from minors while u were in vancouver and tried to fuck my friend when we were 16, and when i called u out on twitter you told her you’d ruin her life if i didn’t delete it. absolute pedophile scumbag.”
fuck you @chrisdelia. you solicited nudes from minors while u were in vancouver and tried to fuck my friend when we were 16, and when i called u out on twitter you told her you’d ruin her life if i didn’t delete it. absolute pedophile scumbag— meg (@gap2thed) June 17, 2020
The allegations continued over on the @SheRatesDogs Twitter account, which posted multiple stories submitted by anonymous women of their interactions with D’Elia when they were underage. While some women said they weren’t comfortable yet going public with receipts, countless screenshots of creepy DMs, emails and text messages initiated by the comedian were submitted to SheRatesDogs, and posted in response to the thread.
D’Elia responded to the allegations through a 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. 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,” the comedian said. “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.”
Um Chris, if you’re innocent, what exactly are you apologising for?