Chris D’Elia Allegations “Very Disturbing,” Says ‘You’ Star Penn Badgley, Reveals Producers Checked On Young Actress
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Another comedian from comedian Chris D’Elia has spoken about the recent allegations that the comic has requested underage girls on social media.
D’Elia had a three-episode arc in the Netflix series You last season, and played a man who threatened a 15-year-old girl.
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Her star Penn Badgley addressed the allegations in a podcast with the L.A. Times. D'Elia's character Henderson has been killed and will not appear in season 3 of the show.
"It touched me deeply," Badgley said of the news. "I was very worried about it."
"I don't know Chris," he continued. "I know if we have to do anything at this age, we women have to believe."
Badgley revealed that the show's brass was primarily concerned about the young actress who played the girl who was threatened by D'Elia's character.
"You know," said Badgley, "the first thing our producers did was reach out to Jenna [Ortega] who played Ellie, the girl opposite Chris in those scenes, just to make sure she felt safe."
"I would hope that at least our show is not designed to maintain this type of floor and systems," said the actor. "So, you know, that's as much as I think I can and should say, you know?"
D'Elia has rejected allegations that he molested teenage girls online.
"I know I have said and done things that could have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly persecuted underage women," said D'Elia in a statement that Deadline had received last week. “All of my relationships were both legal and consensual, and I have never taken or shared inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me. That being said, I'm really sorry. I was a stupid guy who got ABSOLUTELY involved in my lifestyle. Its my fault. I have it. I've been thinking about it for some time and I promise I will continue to do better. "
Badgley said he was concerned that a show like You would even indirectly support abuse.
"I'm also thinking about how I can't do it somehow - the idea that a show like ours would indirectly and unintentionally be a haven for people who are abusive is unsettling. It's very worrying, ”he continued. "What does it take to change that? Because it's not just about checking individuals. There has to be a change in culture and attitude so that this type of behavior is so clearly reprehensible that it is so clearly anti-human. "
Whitney Cummings, D'Elia's co-star in her NBC comedy series Whitney, said she was "devastated and angry at what I read and learned".
"This is a pattern of predatory behavior," wrote Cummings. “This abuse of power is made possible by silence. Now that I know, I won't be silent. "
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Comedy Central, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video have all removed an episode of the Workaholics series, which features Chris D’Elia as a child molester.
CAA dropped the actor. He was also fired from the management company 3 Arts Entertainment.
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