Comedian Chris D'Elia Allegedly Sought Out Underage Teens for Sex & Naked Photos

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Updated June 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET:
Chris D’Elia has now responded to the allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct seen on Twitter this week. The comedian made the following statement to TMZ, claiming that he had no prior relationship with the women who made the allegations and had never knowingly persecuted anyone who was a minor.
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“I know I have said and done things that could offend people during my career, but I have never knowingly persecuted underage women. All of my relationships were both legal and amicable, 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. "
D’Elia's agent and manager did not respond to SheKnows's request for comment.
The actor and comedian Chris D’Elia may be best known to you from his role in Season 2 of Netflix 'You, in which he plays the comedian Henderson. Henderson is discovered on the show as a sexual predator who tries very hard to make friends with young teenagers, then drug them and take nude photos. In a twist, we certainly hope that the producers of this show didn't see it coming. D'Elia is facing a similar real settlement. Women who claim that D’Elia came up to them and tried to establish a sexual relationship while they were underage report their stories, including some really nasty screenshots of old messages.
Simone Rossi was one of the first to speak on Twitter and tell her own story about the relationship between her and D'Elia at the age of 16. "Imagine you are 16 and are being cared for by a stand-up comedian who is twice your age and the only reason you never met and were never physically harassed because [you] were just a friend [ at your] age, ”writes Rossi.
simoné
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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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In addition to her message, she shared screenshots of emails between herself and D'Elia: "Let's hang out :-)", writes the comedian. Rossi further explains that she has only recently realized how predatory his behavior towards her was.
"For the longest time I found it embarrassing for ME to interact with this older man," she wrote. "But he was the one who was me on Twitter DM and the one who was twice my age and who took advantage of the power imbalance between us."
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@ Michaelacoletta
even though I've been saying it publicly for years, FUCK Chris D’elia. When I was 17 he asked me for nude photos, kept writing messages to me when he was in Vancouver, and asked me to go backstage to his shows.
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leprechaun
@ Michaelacoletta
June 17, 2020
even though I've been saying it publicly for years, FUCK Chris D’elia. When I was 17 he asked me for nude photos, kept writing messages to me when he was in Vancouver, and asked me to go backstage to his shows.
Danielle
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I believe you. I was 17 when he published me on Twitter in 2013. I also asked for pictures and sent an SMS via a free text app. Crazy to see the same stories from others.
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To say that the stories came after Rossi's vulnerable retelling would be an understatement. Many repeat that they have been telling this story for years without gaining traction, and others repeat that it was only later that they realized how poor the performance dynamics had been.
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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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There is the 17-year-old girl Abby, whom he repeatedly harassed for her phone number: "I lost your number," he writes. Then, a week later: "Give me your number again!" Abby asks him why he is so persistent.
"Because I like you. Duh. And you also know that you kind of like it," he writes back.
Another woman shared similar screenshots of D’Elia in which she was harassed for her phone number.
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Chris D’elia also hit me when I was 18.
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even though I've been saying it publicly for years, FUCK Chris D’elia. When I was 17 he asked me for nude photos, kept writing messages when he was in Vancouver, and asked me to go backstage to his shows.
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These women also claim that D'Elia requested nude pictures of them (or their friends), and some added that he used these photos as blackmail when they tried not to meet again or publicly about their relationship speak. Others claim that D'Elia would turn on a penny and get angry if they made it clear that they would not come to his hotel room for sex.
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fuck you @chrisdelia. They requested nude photos of minors in Vancouver and tried to fuck my girlfriend when we were 16. When I called you on Twitter, you told her that if I didn't delete it, you would ruin her life. absolute pedophile scumbag
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Two different girls
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SheKnows asked the representatives of D'Elia for a comment. Meanwhile, more Twitter detectives claim that D’Elia removed old tweets and made social media profiles private to protect themselves from the upcoming review.
Given the many women who tell similar stories about D'Elia's alleged actions, we hope that they will be treated with the gravity they deserve. When D'Elia routinely notifies 16-year-old girls on social media, more than D'Elia has to be "canceled" - serious thought has to be given to how exactly this could be done and how many others have willingly turned a blind eye.
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