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.”*
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.
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
imagine getting owned by a 16 year old pic.twitter.com/wKTSx6ie5S— simoné (@girlpowertbh) June 16, 2020
More Twitter users followed her example, sharing stories, screenshots, and pics.
this may as well have been the exact email exchange between @chrisdelia and myself days after i turned 18 and went to his show. he now has me blocked on both twitter and instagram. the only reason i didn’t go is because i had started dating someone. https://t.co/a2cpMYAnFa pic.twitter.com/yQX9jn9r7m— Han (@hannahislegit) June 17, 2020
wait I thought I was the only one, he was in my dms when I was 16. Watching "you" was surreal https://t.co/fjGpzq331C— Rachel Tessier (@rachelwtessier) 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) pic.twitter.com/mGr0IikcJT— Abby Grills (@AGrillz) June 17, 2020
WOWOWOWOWOW so glad im not the only girl who experienced this. I met him in a hotel bar on Halloween and he got mad I wouldn’t ditch my friends for him. I went to LA and texted him and he told me I was a bitch bc I wouldn’t go upstairs and sleep with him— tara fay (@tarafayy) June 17, 2020
Not only is Simone the most trustworthy person I have ever met - she is one of multiple girls JUST FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL that I know for a fact chris delia preyed on while they were minors https://t.co/OEQTwIb2xV— G (@thottsberryfarm) June 17, 2020
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:
First three are one girl, last one is another pic.twitter.com/7IIl9JvVyc— SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) June 17, 2020
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.
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