Comedian Chris D'Elia is shutting down recent accusations of sexual harassment and predatory behaviour after he was exposed for allegedly attempting to pursue multiple underage girls. On Tuesday (June 16th), a woman named Simone Rossi shared her story on Twitter about how the comedian allegedly grooming her when she was 16, after pointing out the irony that he played a pedophile on the Netflix series, You. Afterwards, tons of other women came forward with their own inappropriate encounters with Chris while they were still minors.
Now, Chris has broken his silence on the situation, denying all allegations but admitting that he has definitely acted like "a dumb guy" in the past. "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 told TMZ. "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."
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"That being said, I really am truly sorry," he continues. "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."
After Simone told her story and countless women followed suite with their own, Twitter account @SheRatesDogs, "a platform for girls to share their past shitty and laughable experiences in the dating world," began tracking all the submissions they received about other women's predatory encounters with Chris.