Several women took to Twitter this week to accuse comedian and actor Chris D’Elia of trying to solicit photos and arrange sexual encounters with them when they were underage. While he has issued a statement in which he vehemently denied the allegations, many of his peers took to social media to express their complete lack of surprise that these allegations are being leveled against D’Eila.
The floodgates of allegations opened when Simone Rossi, now 22 years-old, wrote a thread on Twitter revealing her inappropriate interactions with the comedian in 2014 when she was 16.
“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,” she wrote in. one tweet.
She also shared several screengrabs of their email exchanging. In one of them he asks her for a pic and in another asks if they can meet up and “make out” while he’s in town.
Rossi says D’Eila asked for her Instagram handle and started following her. She says her feed was full of high school photos of herself and friends, so she thinks he definitely knew she was underage.
After her tweets went viral, a handful of other women began leveling similar accusations against him.
It seems that none of this comes as a surprise to his fellow comedians, actors, and writers, who took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
“This Chris D’Elia shit is wild, but I guess it’s always the first person you suspect,” Django Gold, a writer for “The Late Show with Stephen The Colbert” said.
“It’s important to separate the art from the artist. for instance, chris d’elia is a shitty person but he’s also a shitty comedian,” writer P.J. Evans added.
“Just remembering how conflicted the comedy community was over Louis CK because many of us liked him and his act. I’m looking but I see no conflicts on Twitter today lol,” comedian Laurie Kilmartin tweeted.
“Who could’ve known Chris D’Elia was a creep other than anyone who’s ever looked at him or heard him say things,” comedian Lane Moore wrote.
Chris D'Elia AND Danny Masterson? Why is it always the people you most suspect?
— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) June 17, 2020
“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,” he wrote in part.