Whitney Cummings reacts to sexual abuse allegations against former co-star Chris D'Elia
Comedian, author, and producer Whitney Cummings speaks of allegations that her former TV co-star Chris D'Elia has inappropriately written and cared for underage women over the years.
"It took me a few days to process the information I learned about Chris. I am devastated and angry with what I read and learned. This is a pattern of predatory behavior," wrote Cummings in one Statement released on Twitter on Saturday.
"This abuse of power is made possible by silence. Now that I am aware, I will not remain silent," she continued. "Girls should be able to be a fan of a comedian whom they admire without being a sexual target. It is that." An adult's responsibility to be an adult. "
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Cummings' NBC sitcom of the same name "Whitney" provided D'Elia, a comedian, with his first series role on a broadcast network show. It ran from 2011 to 2013.
After "Whitney" was canceled, the 40-year-old D'Elia landed the lead role in another NBC comedy, "Undateable", in 2014. Most recently, he had guest appearances in ABC's "The Good Doctor" and in the second season of Netflix "Du."
Teenage teenagers flooded social media on Tuesday after Twitter user Simone Rossi accused him of "caring for" her when she was 16.
"Imagine you were 16 years old and were looked after by a stand-up comedian twice your age. The only reason you never met and were never physically (harassed) was because you were just one Boyfriend your age, "Rossi tweeted under the username @girlpowertbh. "For the longest time, I thought that this was just a funny story that I could tell at parties when I realized that what happened is not normal and that he does and could do this to younger girls and it's my job to say something. "
Further allegations from unverified Twitter accounts accused the comedian of having invited teenage girls to meet him after his shows and to ask them to send photos of themselves.
"Although I've been saying it publicly for years, (explicitly) Chris D'elia," wrote @michaelacoletta. "When I was 17 he asked me to do nude photos and kept writing to me when he was in Vancouver and asked me to go backstage to his shows."
Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia starred in the NBC comedy Whitney between 2011 and 2013.
User @badhandjob accused the comedian of requesting nude photos of minors in Vancouver and trying to have sex with her 16-year-old friend.
"And when I called you on Twitter, you told her that if I didn't delete it, you would ruin her life," she added. "absolute pedophile scumbag"
Rossi later tweeted that D'Elia "doesn't deserve any platform".
"I told you I'm not the only one," she wrote. "Remove his stand-up shows from streaming sites. Stop booking him for shows. Stop recording his godly 'jokes'." "
In a statement to the USA TODAY, D'Elia, divorced with a child, said that all of his relationships were legal and consensual.
"I know I have said and done things that could have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly persecuted underage women," he said. "I have never taken or exchanged inappropriate photos with the people who have done so." tweeted about me. "
He continued, "That being said, I'm really, really sorry. I was a stupid guy who ABSOLUTELY got involved in my lifestyle. It's MY fault. I own it. I've been thinking about it for a while and I promise that I will continue to do better. "
Contributors: Hannah Yasharoff, Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Chris D'Elias co-star Whitney Cummings comments on allegations of sexual abuse
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