A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in California federal court accuses comedian Chris D’Elia of child sexual exploitation and violation of child pornography laws.
The complainant, who goes by the name of Jane Doe on the file, says she was a 17-year-old high school student when she connected with D’Elia on social media in 2014. Her statement indicates that D, 34, “ Elia knew the girl was underage, even commenting on a photo of her dressed for “spirits day” at school.
The file indicates that the actor invited her to one of his shows. She attended a meeting in Connecticut where, according to the complaint, he engaged in sexual activity with her before taking the stage. During these interactions, the lawsuit claims that D’Elia repeatedly asked the complainant to tell her how old she was and she told him she was 17. (Connecticut Law says the age of consent at 16)
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Subsequently, “he built a dynamic of manipulation, control and abuse,” says the complaint, in which he demanded that she provide sexually explicit images of herself on the internet. When she refused, reads the complaint, D’Elia “punished her psychologically”.
The record indicates that D’Elia “requested and received” more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos of the girl, “all in violation of federal child pornography and sexual exploitation laws.”
D’Elia had previously been accused by two women of exposing themselves in separate incidents, one in 2011 and the other in 2018, with their stories detailed in a report on CNN.com. Previously, D’Elia was accused of soliciting underage girls on social media.
After those accusations surfaced, CAA dropped the actor-comedian as a client. He was also made redundant by the management company 3 Arts Entertainment. Netflix, meanwhile, scrapped an upcoming unscripted prank show that featured D’Elia.
In February, after the initial charges surfaced, D’Elia released a lengthy video statement confronting the deluge of sexual misconduct allegations against him saying in part, “I know what that looks like with everything that has been said … and that doesn’t show the full extent of what happened. He asserted, “I stand by the fact that all of my relationships have been consensual and legal. It is the truth.”
However, he continued, “Sex controlled my life. And I have a problem… I have to work on it. “
Later in the video, he apologized to everyone who had been affected by his activities, saying, “I’m sorry.”
The complaint says that if D’Elia “claims it was always about the sex” for him, it was much more for Ms. Doe. It involved child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children. “
In a statement released when the initial accusations surfaced, D’Elia representatives sent the following to Deadline:
“I know I have said and done things that could have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly sued underage women at any time,” he said. “All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged inappropriate photos with the people who tweeted about me. That being said, I am so sorry. I was a stupid guy who ABSOLUTELY let me get in on my lifestyle. It’s my fault. It belongs to me. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and promise that I will continue to do better. “
D’Elia has directed three comedy specials for Netlix. The comedian also had a three-episode arc on the Netflix series. You in 2019, in which he played a man who threatens a 15-year-old girl. D’Elia’s character was killed. The comedian also played Whitney Cummings’ boyfriend on NBC Whitney, a role Cummings said he wrote for D’Elia.