Chris D’Elia, 40, has broken his silence after being accused of inappropriate actions involving underage girls. It all started when a woman named Simone Rossi, 22, took to Twitter to explain her accusations against the American comedian and actor of Italian and Polish descent.
According to Rossi, D’Elia made advances toward her in 2014 and 2015. At the time, he was 34 years old while she was only 16.
More accusations from other women followed after Rossi’s tweet went viral. While D’Elia offered an apology, he said he has never met with the accusers and has never asked for inappropriate photos from them.
“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,” D’Elia said in a statement obtained by People. “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,” D’Elia continued. “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.”
In 2011, the Italian-Polish-American comedian played a pedophile in an episode of the Comedy Central sitcom “Workaholics.” The episode was titled “To Friend A Predator.”
In 2019, D’Elia appeared in three episodes of “You” Season 2. In the Netflix series, he played Joshua “Henderson” Bunter, a comedian who has a dark secret as a child molester.
Also in 2019, D’Elia voiced DJ Riggs in the horror, sci-fi comedy film “The Drone.” Directed by Jordan Rubin, it starred Alex Essoe, John Brotherton, Anita Briem, Gonzalo Menendez, Sam Adegoke, Neil Sandilands and Simon Rex, among others.
After starring in “You” Season 2, De’Elia will return to the big screen. He will star in the upcoming films “Film Fest,” “Army of the Dead” and “Life in a Year.”