Whitney Cummings Addresses Allegations Against Former Costar Chris D’Elia’s ‘Predatory Behavior’ – Whitney Cummings has broken her silence on the sexual misconduct allegations against Chris D’Elia, indicating she stands with his accusers in a Twitter post on Saturday.
Whitney Cummings Addresses Allegations Against Former Costar Chris D’Elia’s ‘Predatory Behavior’:
Numerous allegations emerged on Twitter Tuesday night accusing 40-year-old stand-up comedian and actor Chris D’Elia of sexually harassing and soliciting undress photos from underage girls.
Some of the accusers say they were as young as 16 at the time of the alleged incident, claiming D’Elia reached out to them through social media and attempted to pursue them sexually.
“It’s taken me a couple days to process the information I have learned about Chris,” Whitney Cummings—D’Elia’s former co-star and employer on the NBC sitcom Whitney, which was one of his first jobs with nationwide recognition— wrote via Twitter on Saturday. “I’m devastated and enraged by what I’ve read and learned. This is a pattern of predatory behavior. This abuse of power is enabled by silence.”
“Now that I’m aware,” Cummings, 37, continued. “I won’t be silent.”
Whitney Cummings added, “Girls should be able to be a fan of a comedian they admire without becoming a sexual target. It’s the adult’s responsibility to be an adult.”
Whitney Cummings Speaks Out About Chris D’Elia Allegations: “I’m Devastated And Enraged”
Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia starred together in Cummings’ 2011 NBC sitcom Whitney, which she created, and was based on her life and comedy.
The NBC series “Whitney,” ran for two seasons on NBC before being canceled in 2013. Chris D’Elia played Alex Miller, the boyfriend of Cummings’ character, which was a fictionalized version of herself. Their three-year relationship was a large part of the show, and D’Elia appeared in nearly every episode.
Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and grooming. Twitter user Simone Rossi sparked conversations about the D’Elia’s behavior when she publicly accused him of grooming her when she was 16-year-old.
In a Twitter thread, Rossi wrote, “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 m*lested was because u had just gotten a boyfriend ur own age.”
Further, Simone Rossi also shared alleged screen-grabs of her interactions with D’Elia, in which the comedian asked the then-teen, “Can we make out?” Rossi said that she and D’Elia never met in real life but she felt “he used the power imbalance between us to his advantage.”
Simone Rossi also spoke with People about her allegations.
“As for what I would say to Chris, what can you say to someone who preys on young girls?To someone who tried to groom you, but also has possibly groomed and, based on the stories others have shared with me, possibly assaulted other girls?”
“Time is up,” Rossi continued. “I won’t let this happen to other young girls. I want him to know that I have a voice and I’m sure using it.”
Talking to TMZ on Wednesday, Chris D’Elia denied the accusations.
“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 D’Elia told the outlet on Wednesday. “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.”