American stand-up comedian and actor, Chris D’Elia, 40, has denied ‘knowingly’ texting minors after multiple women accused him of sexually pursuing and grooming underage girls.
In a Twitter thread, one lady with the handle @girlpowertbh alleged that she was “groomed” by D’Elia in 2014 when she was 16 years old.
Shortly after the thread went viral, other women came forward with their allegations of sexual harassment, including one user who alleged that D’Elia “solicited nudes from minors in Vancouver and tried to f**k her friend when they were 16.”
Reacting to the allegations, the stand-up comedian denied ever going after any underage women at any point in his career, and said all his relationships have been both legal and consensual.
He told TMZ: “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 added: “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.”