What are the accusations and allegations against Chris D’Elia?
CHRIS D’Elia has been accused of soliciting nudes from younger girls and sexual harassment.
The You actor was slammed on Twitter and fans and co-stars expressed their outrage.
Here is more about the accusations.
Who is Chris D’Elia?
Chris D’Elia, 40, is an American actor and stand-up comedian.
He is known for being on the NBC sitcom Whitney, Undateable, ABC’s The Good Doctor and the hit-series You on Netflix.
D’Elia rose to prominence playing Henderson, a Los Angeles-based comedian on season 2 of You.
What are the accusations against him?
D’Elia is accused of predatory behavior towards underage girls.
On June 16, a Twitter user named Simoné Rossi spoke about the irony that he was cast as a “pedophile” in You given his suspected previous behavior.
"I still can’t believe Netflix cast Chris D’Elia as the pedophile in season to of 'You' like the literal IRONY," she said in a tweet that rapidly went viral.
Rossi elaborated on her claims in a detailed Twitter thread and multiple other young women have echoed her allegations.
Rossi posted several screenshots showing what appears to be an interaction with D'Elia dated July 11, 2014.
D'Elia allegedly asked the then 16-year-old Rossi to "send me a pic" and jokingly calls her a "d**k" when she forwarded a picture of a Panda instead.
In another exchange dated July 15, he supposedly said "I'm in Tempe. Let's hang" before asking if "we can make out" when Rossi agreed.
Rossi told her followers she never met up with D'Elia to allegedly "get physically molested" because she had a boyfriend her own age.
"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*** Chris D’elia," Rossi wrote.
"I thought this was just a funny story to tell at parties when I realized what happened isn’t normal and that he was and could still be doing this to younger girls and it’s my job to say something."
Her thread prompted other similar stories from young girls, who recalled D'Elia mailing them as teenagers and also shared screenshots of the alleged interactions.
Why was his Netflix prank show canceled?
Amid all the Twitter allegations, Netflix decided to cancel a D’Elia’s show after it was cleared to start filming.
The project would have featured D’Elia and fellow comic Bryan Callen (The Goldbergs, Schooled), focusing on their relationship and their love for practical jokes.
Did he respond to the allegations?
D'Elia's manager referred The Sun to a statement given to TMZ on June 17.
In it, the comedian said: "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."
"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," he concluded.
What was his role in You and what did his co-star Penn Badgley say?
D’Elia plays"Hendy", a successful comic with a dark side, who becomes the enemy of the creepy Joe Goldberg.
He's a cancer survivor who prays on women like Joe's neighbor Delilah when she was a vulnerable teenager.
Hendy sets his sights on her 15-year-old sister before Joe uncovers him.
Penn Badgley broke his silence about his co-star and said: “It did affect me deeply. I was very troubled by it.
"I am very troubled by it. I don’t know Chris. I know that, if there’s anything we need to do in this age, it’s to believe women," he added.
Aside from Badgley, his ex co-star Whitney Cummings chimed in and said: “"It's taken me a couple days to process the information I have learned about Chris.
“I'm devastated and enraged by what I've read and learned,” she added.
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