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UPDATE: Stand-Up Comedian Chris D'Elia Denies Accusations of Grooming Teen Girls

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | June 17, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | June 17, 2020 |


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UPDATE: Per TMZ, D’Elia denies the allegations below:

“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 finishes by saying, “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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Why is Chris D’Elia trending on Twitter? A number of young women have used the platform to come forward with allegations that the stand-up comedian attempted to groom them for sexual favors when many of them were underage. This comes just six months after D’Elia co-starred in Season 2 of You, in which he played a stand-up comedian who used his fame to lure female minors into sexual scenarios.

Newsweek reports the allegations started with Simoné (Twitter handle @girlpowertbh), who posted a thread of screenshots from her 2014 exchanges with D’Elia.

More Twitter users followed her example, sharing stories, screenshots, and pics.

Then, D’Elia became the focus of @SheRatesDogs, a Twitter account where users are encouraged to anonymously DM stories of nightmare exes. SheRatesDogs then posts the screenshots with the identifying info clipped out. In this thread, users shared more allegations of grooming, but also indecent exposure, blackmail, and harassment. Here are a few of many:

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According to these allegations, D’Elia has a pattern of using social media and e-mail to contact young female fans. He asks for pics, sometimes specifically nude photos. Sometimes he asks for their age; sometimes he does not. He invites them backstage or to his hotel room, requesting “cuddles” or sex. In one instance, he allegedly blackmailed an 18-year-old to visit him under threat he’d share the nudes she’d sent if she refused.

D’Elia has not yet responded. Neither has You’s makers nor Netflix, which recently released a new stand-up special from D’Elia.


Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.


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