D'Elia has released a statement that can basically be summed up as "deny, deny, deny".
Chris D’Elia says ‘I have never knowingly pursued any underage women’ after allegations of sexual misconduct.https://t.co/Ot9LAaysTZ— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) 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 and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me."
"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."
Many of Chris D'Elia's celebrity comedy friends have remained silent on the accusations against him. The ones that have spoken out, however, have had some truly terrible responses:
Comedian Kurt Metzger:
Quick question, are we de-instating the concept of due process for Chris D’elia that we literally just re-instated for Joe Biden after previously de-instating it for all men? Please, someone, I just wanna be on the right side of history!— Kurt Metzger (@kurtmetzger) June 17, 2020
Quick question, are we de-instating the concept of due process for Chris D’elia that we literally just re-instated for Joe Biden after previously de-instating it for all men? Please, someone, I just wanna be on the right side of history!
Bryan Callen + Brendan Schaub literally cries about it:
Brendan Schaub starts crying after finding out his close friend Chris D’elia is a pedophile pic.twitter.com/T2QQ03FkAg— Hardcore MMA (@CombatSports420) June 18, 2020
I appreciate Callen and Schaub sharing their honest opinions on Chris D’Elia pic.twitter.com/wPXVfkVgA5— AverageAndy (@AndrewInserra) June 18, 2020
Tim Dillon decides to defend D'Elia's act while claiming it has nothing to do with off-stage accusations, right after off-stage accusations surface:
Again most of the comics going at Delias act or calling him mediocre don’t kill. (This is not about his activities off stage.) But on stage he killed all the time. Every comic has a thousand reasons they didn’t make it none of them have to do with work ethic or talent.— Tim Dillon (@TimJDillon) June 18, 2020
Twitter has been flooded with videos and tweets showing that many of D'Elia's male comedy and industry friends were likely well aware of his behaviour (how could they not be!?) plus have engaged in similar patterns of behaviour themselves:
A thread here:
I am being personally attacked for posting this lol. A lot of people think I am gaining something out of this, I am not. I am just sick and tired of people being quiet about abuses that go on in hollywood. Everyone knew about Chris D'elia but refuse to spoke up.— tem (@ChemicalMishap) June 19, 2020
Videos of comedian Theo Von making references/jokes on podcasts in relation to D'Elia's predatory behaviour:
Comedian Neal Brennan demands proof, immediately backtracks:
Lol. What happened was your feed was flooded with receipts and now you don't want to pay. "Thanks." pic.twitter.com/PPd7NcoycR— Livia Scott (@LiviaLove) June 17, 2020
uhhhm... does Neal Brennan think Chris D'elia got murdered by the police? pic.twitter.com/ywFBwRwPOg— 🕺🤮B🔥K🚮🥂 (@BenKolina) June 18, 2020
A new Mashable piece about the accusations. Apparently one of the main twitter accounts involved in collecting stories from women received over 500 DMs:
500+ people DM’d @sheratesdogs about Chris D’Elia, and many others shared stories on their own accounts.— Anna Rose Iovine (@annaroseiovine) June 19, 2020
Whisper networks are more public and vital than ever, and Twitter is turning whispers into a roar. D’Elia won’t be the only one—he’s already not. https://t.co/LO2hA3R2qM
Just like with Weinstein and many other similar cases of shitty, powerful men - it appears that those around him were well aware of what was going on, despite their recent claims saying otherwise, and remain complicit in perpetuating this type of behaviour.
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