Comedian Chris D’Elia has been dropped from the talent agencies managing him, Creative Arts Agency and 3 Arts Management, following sexual misconduct allegations.
The decision was confirmed on Tuesday (June 23) to a source at TheWrap, following the initial accusations surfacing on Twitter last week.
A woman named Simone Rossi posted screenshots claiming D’Elia was “grooming” her at the age of 16, when he would have been 34 years old.
Rossi tweeted: “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 molested was because u had just gotten a boyfriend ur own age.”
Several other women then spoke up, with one Twitter user collating allegations in a running thread with screenshots of accusations.
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In response, D’Elia issued a statement obtained by TMZ saying: “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 and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me.”
He continued: “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.”
Chris D’Elia recently starred in the second season of Netflix thriller series You, playing Henderson, a Los Angeles stand-up comedian.