Chris D’Elia’s team releases comedian’s email exchanges with accusers
Last Modified: Jun 25, 2020
Following a number of women making claims online that comedian Chris D’Elia had asked them for nude pictures — some when they were underage, his career is crashing down. One of the accusers claimed that he had exposed his erect penis to her in a hotel room.
Now the representatives of D’Elia have released emails to Page Six which – according to them – paint a fuller picture of the incidents.
They provided an email between D’Elia and Clara Schaller, who posted emails from 2012 (17 at the time) on Twitter in which D’Elia said in he wanted to have “naked sex” with her. The released email shoed D’Elia had allegedly asked her approximately midway through their conversation, “How old are you?” She replied “12,” apparently kidding. He responded, “Answerrrrr,” to which she said, “24?” However, it should be noted that he asked her for “pics” before asking her age and continued the exchange even though he didn’t get a straight answer on her age.
Colleen Riley, who posted a 2014 message in which he had asked her to “make out”, was followed by a message in which she said, “Chris, I’m 16.” In the released message chain, Chris D’Elia replies, Oh sh**. I thought you were at my [standup] show. Gotta be 18 [to get into that] at least. My bad. Bye.” They also pointed out that Riley did not include that message in her Twitter posts.
The reps also released an email from Simone Rossi, one of the first women to accuse D’Elia of misconduct. Rossi had tole LA Times that D’Elia had asked her to “make out” and send him pictures of herself in 2016 when she was 16 years old. In the reps emails from October 2019, Rossi allegedly wrote to D’Elia, “I’m 21 now and [down to f***].” His reps say Chris D’Elia didn’t respond to her.
Rossi was one of the first ones to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct. She had shared the screenshots on Twitter saying, “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 of ur own age. He was the one that used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f*** chris d’elia.”
D’Elia’s You co-star Penn Badgely said on a podcast this week that the claims “did affect me deeply” and “I was very troubled by it.” Actress and comedian Whitney Cumming, who played Chris D’Elia boyfriend on NBC’s Whitney for several seasons, said of the allegations, “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, I won’t be silent.”
Since then Chris D’Elia has been fired by his CAA agent, his manager and a number of his shows have been pulled from streaming sites. In Netflix hit You. and an episode of Workaholics, in which he played a character who preyed on young women and a child molester has been taken down. Also Comedy Central has removed one of his specials.