Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
A woman posted screenshots she alleged were direct messages and emails from the comedian and actor from 2014 soliciting sexual photos, when she was still underage. Others responded to the post to claim that D'Elia also sent them harassing messages, some of whom wrote that they were underage at the time as well.
D'Elia responded in a statement to TMZ on Wednesday (June 17) where he said he "never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point".
"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 said.
"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."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles police department has confirmed there have been no official complaints made at this time.
Chris D'Elia has most recently starred in Netflix's second season of You as the stand-up comedian Henderson, who was targeted by serial killer Joe (Penn Badgley) for sexually assaulting Delilah (Carmela Zumbado).
He has also recorded multiple stand-up specials for Netflix, and had starring acting roles in The Good Doctor, Undateable and Whitney.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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