But now, according to a new bombshell report, multiple women are coming forward to accuse D’Elia of exposing himself to them. And a close comedian friend of the comic is also describing the “demeaning” way in which he talks about women.
Chris D’Elia was accused of misconduct in June 2020
In June 2020, a woman named Simone Rossi took to Twitter to share her experience with D’Elia. She claimed that she met him when she was 16. And via screenshots of their conversations, she alleged that he asked her for nude photographs despite knowing her age.
“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,” Rossi wrote in the tweet.
D’Elia responded to the allegations soon after
After allegations from more women surfaced, D’Elia denied any wrongdoing. In a statement to TMZ, he said he never pursued any underage women, and apologized for getting “caught-up” in his lifestyle.
“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 the statement. “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’ve been reflecting on this for some time now and I promise I will continue to do better.”
Multiple women are accusing D’Elia of exposing himself to them
According to a new CNN report, multiple women have come forward accusing D’Elia of exposing himself to them. One woman, actor Megan Durst, told CNN that she met D’Elia at the age of 26 and thought he was “safe” to be around, until the disturbing night that he exposed himself to her in a car and asked her to touch him.
“Chris is leaning up against the door of the passenger side and looking at me in this really weird way and then he started to try to make flirty small talk,” Durst said. “I was very confused because it just didn’t fit the moment. Then he took down his zipper and asked me to touch him and I said, ‘What are you doing? No.’ And because I wouldn’t touch him, he started to masturbate. I couldn’t believe it.”
Two other women described similar encounters with D’Elia. A hotel manager (who remains anonymous) told CNN that the comedian called her up to his room and answered the door naked. And a woman named Laura Vitarelli, who met the comedian after a show, detailed how he invited her and a friend to a party that didn’t exist.
“He said he was going to make us drinks and her and I were both a little nervous just because it really didn’t look like he was about to throw a party, there was nobody else there,” said Vitarelli. “[D’Elia] put one of each of his hands down our backsides and started groping us.”
Feeling frightened, Vitarelli said that she and her friend decided to leave. “He got up with us and followed us to the door and said, ‘Are you sure you want to leave?’ And he pulled out his penis and it was fully erect,” she added. “It was very uncomfortable for the both of us, and we knew we had to get out of there so we left as fast as we could.”
Chris D’Elia’s comedian friend describes the “demeaning” way he talked about women
Comedian Bill Dawes told CNN that D’Elia was “proud of his body” and would expose himself to friends “as a joke” even when females were in the room. And another one of D’Elia’s comedian friends, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the outlet that she overheard the comic talking about women in a derogatory way.
“We used to hang out at the 101 Café after sets and the way he would speak about women was degrading, disrespectful and demeaning to women,” she suggested.
UPDATE: As reported by EW, a lawyer for D’Elia released the following statement in response to the allegations in the CNN report: “D’Elia denies these allegations and emphatically states that he has never engaged in any sexual conduct with any woman without her consent.”