Chris D’Elia has been accused of sexually harassing and grooming multiple underaged girls.
A Twitter user named Simoné, who uses the handle @girlpowertbh shared screenshots of an alleged conversation between herself and D’Elia from 2014, when she was 16 years old and alleged that she was “groomed” by D’Elia .
“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*** chris d’elia.”
In subsequent tweets, Rossi wrote that she was “groomed by a stand up comedian twice [her] age,” but never met up with the comic because she ultimately got “a boyfriend [her] own age.”
She added that D’Elia “was the one who DM’d me on Twitter” and “used the power imbalance between us to his advantage.” Wrote Rossi, “I am also definitely not the only underage girl he did this to … Fuck you Chris D’Elia and also Netflix I highly doubt casting this creep as a pedophile was a coincidence.”
Shortly after the thread went viral, other women came forward with their allegations sexual harassment.
Reacting to the allegations, the stand-up comedian denied ever going after any underage women at any point in his career, and said all his relationships have been both legal and consensual.
He told TMZ: “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.”
Chris goes on to say, “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.”
He added: “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.”