Comedian Chris D'Elia accused of sexual harassment, 'predatory' behavior

Chris D'Elia is accused of sexually harassing several women, including some underage girls.
The 40-year-old comedian, who appeared on Netflix's Show You and recently had his own special no pain on the streaming service, has been accused on social media of sexually assaulting several women. There are allegations that he tried to meet with some of them for sex, or asked for nude photos, as well as other claims about “care”. A prosecutor described his behavior as "predatory".
Comedian Chris D'Elia has been charged with sexual harassment and "predatory" behavior. (Photo: Michael S. Schwartz / Getty Images)
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In a statement to the TMZ, D'Elia said: "I know I have said and done things that could have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly persecuted minors."
He added, "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." In conclusion, I said, “Apart from that, 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. "
Yahoo Entertainment contacted D’Elia employees who did not respond immediately.
The allegations came after a woman named Simoné Rossi wrote on Twitter that she "still can't believe that Netflix cast" You D'Elia "as Pedophile" in Season 2. (His character Henderson was killed during the season.) "Like literal irony."
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@girlpowertbh
I still can't believe that Netflix has cast Chris D'elia as the season's pedophile for "you" like the literal IRONY
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In the long thread, which quickly went viral, she shared screenshots of conversations that started in 2014 at the age of 16, in which she claimed the divorced woman asked for files.
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I still can't believe that Netflix has cast Chris d'elia as the season's pedophile for "you" like the literal IRONY
simoné
@girlpowertbh
Imagine being owned by a 16 year old
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And Rossi claimed that when the DMs continued into the next year, he "looked after" them. However, she noticed that she was "never physically harassed," which she attributed to the fact that at that time she was starting to meet someone her age.
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Imagine being owned by a 16 year old
simoné
@girlpowertbh
Imagine you were 16 years old and cared for twice by a stand-up comedian. The only reason you never met and were never physically injured was because you just got a friend your age
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She said her feelings about what happened have changed over the years and caused her to speak out.
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Imagine you were 16 years old and cared for twice by a stand-up comedian. The only reason you never met and were never physically injured was that you just got a friend your age
simoné
@girlpowertbh
For the longest time I found it embarrassing for ME to interact with this older man, but he was the one who made me on Twitter DM and the one who was twice my age and the one who used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f * ck chris d'elia
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I'm definitely not the only underage girl he did either. Just for your information.
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For the longest time, I thought this was just a funny story I could tell at parties when I realized that what happened is not normal and that he is doing and could still do this to younger girls and it's my job to say something
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She also claimed that she was not the only one, leading to other allegations against D'Elia.
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For the longest time I found it embarrassing for ME to interact with this older man, but he was the one who made me on Twitter DM and the one who was twice my age and the one who used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f * ck chris d'elia
simoné
@girlpowertbh
I'm definitely not the only underage girl he did either. Just for your information.
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Several other women shared stories of how D'Elia contacted them when they were minors. She created the @SheRatesDogs account, including several from unidentified women.
Abby Grills publicly claimed that D’Elias wrote to her directly at 17 and shared screenshots of the conversation.
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Okay, I went back to my Facebook Messenger 2011 and found that Chris D’Elia's DMs were creepy and persistent to me when I was 17 (more in the thread).
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Other women also publicly told stories, including Toronto comic and TV writer Olivia Stadler. She said she was 21 when they connected on Twitter, and D'Elia asked her to rest. She was excited to see her role model, but before the meeting he changed venues and tried to get her to come to his hotel room. She declined.
Comedian Emma Arnold was warned not to send him files because "he made them memes" and "showed them to other male comics at shows".
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@iamaroadtrip
When I was a brand new comic, one of Delia's best friends warned me never to send Chris files because he made them memes and showed other male comics at shows. It looks like some of these memes are likely from underage girls. No wonder I don't miss comedy yet.
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This is crazy because it was literally sent to me via Chris Delia
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Comedian / actress / writer Leah Knauer said D'Elia asked for files at the age of 19. They met and she described him as "predatory" and "scary".
A spokesman for Netflix, which is home to D’Elia's latest Special No Pain, and the home of You and his upcoming film Army of the Dead, said nothing about the allegations.
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