Chris D'Elia Responds to Accusations of Harassing Underage Girls (UPDATE)

The comedian, who portrayed a pedophile on both 'You' and 'Workaholics,' has now been accused by multiple women of grooming underage girls.


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UPDATED 6/17, 4:10 p.m. ET: D’Elia has issued a statement to TMZ, which opens, ”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.”

He goes on: “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."

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Comedian Chris D'Elia, whose credits include playing a pedophile on You in 2019 and doing the same on Workaholics back in 2011, has been accused by multiple people of—among other things—soliciting photos from minors.

Simone Rossi shared screenshots of emails she says she received from D'Elia in 2014 and 2015. At the time, she was 16 years old and D'Elia was 34.

"Imagine being 16 and being groomed by a stand up comedian twice [your] age and the only reason you never met up and never got physically molested was because [you] had just gotten a boyfriend [your] own age," @girlpowertbh said in one tweet accompanied by a screenshot.

imagine getting owned by a 16 year old

— simone rossi (@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

— simone rossi (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020

for the longest time 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

— simone rossi (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020

i just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been so kind to me about all of this. i’m glad that other girls are finding the strength to speak up as well. my notifs are uncontrollable but just know that i’m very grateful. 💛

— simone rossi (@girlpowertbh) June 17, 2020

As the thread started gaining traction on Twitter, other women came forward with additional allegations in which D'Elia was accused of similar acts of harassment including asking an underage fan to "cuddle" with him after a show in Boulder and exposing himself to hotel employees in Cleveland.

Aaaand they’re rolling in

— SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) June 17, 2020

Rossi added a screenshot of what she says is the beginning of her contact with D'Elia, as well as criticized incels who somehow fail to understand how predatory behavior may not immediately be recognized as such by a young victim:

that’s the entire problem. we don’t warn girls enough of predatory men. these older men are preying on you. it’s not exciting. it’s concerning. that is why i’m speaking out. i don’t want anyone else to go through what so many young girls have already.

— simone rossi (@girlpowertbh) June 17, 2020

These developments have spawned additional condemnation of D'Elia from a variety of voices on Twitter, as well as a larger discussion on the prevalence of predatory behavior:

Chris D'Elia is truly proof that all women on the internet need to unionize

— Dana Schwartz - on hiatus (@DanaSchwartzzz) June 17, 2020

Alright y’all, I went back to my 2011 Facebook messenger and found the DMs from Chris D’Elia being creepy and persistent to me when I was 17 (more in thread)

— Abby Grills (@AGrillz) June 17, 2020

The trash ass guy I dated in 2011 who I caught messaging 16 year olds has already created a “clever” meme about Chris D’Elia 🙃

— Jessica Michelle Singleton (@JMScomedy) June 17, 2020

All you need to know about Chris "D'Elia" Weinstein. When you think money makes you invulnerable.

The laugh at the end... They knew.#chrisdeliaisoverparty #chrisdelia

— Brenda Schwaub fan (@brendaschwaub) June 17, 2020

if u guys are this upset about chris delia you’re gonna absolutely lose it when you hear aboutyour
own close friends

— Megan Neuringer (@MeganNeuringer) June 17, 2020

Complex has reached out to a rep for D'Elia. At the time of this writing, no statement had been provided.

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