Comedian Chris D'Elia Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Allegedly "Grooming" Young Girls
The story broke when a woman named Simone Rossi tweeted about an alleged interaction with the comedian when she was 16 years old. She claimed that D'Elia "groomed" her, asking her to come to his hotel room and make out while also requesting pictures of her. She compared the interaction to D'Elia's character on the show You, in which a standup comedian preyed on underage girls.
Another woman tweeted "fuck you @chrisdelia. you solicited nudes from minors while u were in vancouver and tried to fuck my friend when we were 16, and when i called u out on twitter you told her you'd ruin her life if i didn't delete it. absolute pedophile scumbag."
According to The Independent, another woman whose page is now private accused D'Elia of soliciting sexual favours in the parking lot of a comedy venue after he put her on the guest list.
The Twitter account She Rates Dogs went on to collect numerous stories about D'Elia's alleged behaviour. A video also resurfaced of the comedian comparing 14-year-old girls to adults on his podcast.
A number of comedy industry professionals have also shared their own takes on D'Elia. Read the tweets about the situation below.
D'Elia has not been formally charged with any crime.
UPDATE (6/17, 5:15 p.m. ET): D'Elia has now issued a statement regarding the claims to TMZ. It reads as follows: "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."
Chris D'elia talking about 14 year old girls pic.twitter.com/KpncTAAXwY— Jake Taylor (@Jakertay) June 17, 2020
i still can't believe netflix cast chris d'elia as the pedophile in season to of "you" like the literal IRONY— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
imagine getting owned by a 16 year old pic.twitter.com/wKTSx6ie5S— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
imagine being 16 and being groomed by a stand up comedian twice ur age and the only reason you never met up and never got physically m*lested was because u had just gotten a boyfriend ur own age pic.twitter.com/xq7XDrat8i— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
for the longest time i thought it was embarrassing for ME that i was interacting with this older man but 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*ck chris d'elia— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
i am also definitely not the only underage girl he did this too. just an FYI.— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
this Chris D'Elia shit is wild, but I guess it's always the first person you suspect— Django Gold (@django) June 17, 2020
"And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!" - Chris D'Elia— Sasheer Zamata (@thesheertruth) June 17, 2020
who could've known Chris D'Elia was a creep other than anyone who's ever looked at him or heard him say things— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) June 17, 2020
If you cowards had fired Chris D'Elia a long time ago for being bad at the job (standup comedy) he wouldn't have had time to creep. But you LIVE to say "good set" to men taller than you.— Amy Miller (@amymiller) June 17, 2020
When I was a brand new comic, one of Delia's best friends warned me to never send Chris nudes bc he made them into memes and showed to other male comics at shows. Looks like some of those memes were probably of underage girls. No wonder I don't miss comedy yet. https://t.co/G8vTtEc3d3— Emma Arnold (@iamaroadtrip) June 17, 2020