Comedian and actor Chris D'Elia is facing a barrage of sexual misconduct allegations from women online, including some women who say they were underage when he solicited sex or nude pictures from them, Newsweek reported.
The allegations began Tuesday when a woman named Simone Rossi posted screenshots of email exchanges she said were between her and D'Elia from 2014 and 2015, when she was 16 years old. In the screenshots, D'Elia allegedly asks her to "send me a pic" and in another message he suggests meeting up and asks "can we make out?"
imagine being 16 and being groomed by a stand up comedian twice ur age and the only reason you never met up and nev… https://t.co/0OuhcBpYSw— simoné (@simoné) 1592350527.0
"For the longest time I thought it was embarrassing for ME that I was interacting with this older man, but he was the one who DM'd me on Twitter and was the one who was twice my age and was the one that used the power imbalance between us to his advantage, so f*** Chris D'Elia," Rossi wrote.
After Rossi's tweets went viral, more women shared their own experiences with D'Elia, or instances they'd been told about by others.
A 21-year-old woman told about an instance when D'Elia allegedly direct messaged her to hang out at a bar before attempting to change the venue to his hotel room. A comedian named Emma Arnold wrote that one of D'Elia's friends told her that D'Elia would share nude pictures women sent him with other male comics.
The Twitter account @SheRatesDogs, which shares strange messages that women get from men, posted several exchanges women allegedly had with D'Elia, including a 19-year-old who said D'Elia messaged her on Twitter offering to fly her to Los Angeles to "hook up," and a 16-year-old who said D'Elia messaged her asking to hang out and calling her a "total babe."
Two more- one 16 one 19, all teenagers https://t.co/t0JjRKapD9— SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) 1592357976.0
D'Elia, who is currently 40 years old, has not yet addressed the allegations publicly.