Earlier this week, comedian, artist, writer and actor Charlyne Yi came forward with allegations that David Cross had made racist comments when they first met. Now, Cross has addressed Yi's statements.
As previously reported, Yi recalled the first time she met Cross 10 years ago and explained that he made some horribly racist Asian "jokes" at her expense.
Cross now addressed those allegations multiple times on Twitter, calling it "bonkers" and "WAY, way out of character." He also said he was not accusing Yi of lying, but kept the possibility open that they were both misremembering the evening in question.
Read Cross' tweets below.
Charlene, i dont remember this at all! It's bonkers to me and WAY, way out of character. DM me so I can understand all of this.— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) October 17, 2017
Adressing the Charlyne Yi tweet below. pic.twitter.com/WMHxH6lZco— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) October 18, 2017
Here are Charlyne Yi's tweets:
I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me "what's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong".— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017
Then after he saw I was offended he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent. Then a few years later he was re-introduced to me after my comedy show with his girlfriend at the time & he said "Hi nice to meet you".— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017
I will say this:— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017
-I can tell the difference between this man making a joke vs condescending me.
-This happened 10 years ago and I sure as hell hope he's changed (or at the very least, he's scared enough to not be his racist self).
HOWEVER it is very uncool that a 40+ man was being racist towards me, being a young 20 year old woman who was clearly on the verge of tears from his first racist comment.— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017