Chris D’Elia accused of sexually exploiting a minor and soliciting child pornography in lawsuit


Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia has been charged with soliciting child pornography and sexually exploiting a minor in a new federal lawsuit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an anonymous “Jane Doe” in a United States District Court for the Central District of California. In it, Jane Doe alleges that in 2014, when she was 17 and D’Elia 34, D’Elia asked her for nude photos on social media and then sexually abused her.

According to the lawsuit, D’Elia invited Doe to one of her comedy shows shortly after she texted him, without waiting for a response, on Instagram. They started talking on Snapchat, at D’Elia’s request, and according to the lawsuit, he started asking her for photos, which increased him asking for nude photos. In the lawsuit, Doe said she sent D’Elia “5-10 sexually explicit photos and videos of herself before meeting him in person. Ms. Doe was only 17 years old at the time.”

D’Elia insisted on meeting Doe in person, the lawsuit continues, and in November 2014, she and two friends went to his show at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Doe says D’Elia “pressured” her to meet him at his hotel before the show, and when he got there with a friend, he told him that the friend had to leave or that he couldn’t come in. According to the lawsuit, once Inside the room, D’Elia “instructed Ms. Doe to lie on the floor, remove her shoes and pants, and give her oral sex” and “approximately ten minutes after she arrived at his hotel room, the defendant D’Elia had relations with Mrs. Doe.

Doe and D’Elia had a second sexual encounter after the show, the lawsuit continues and she continued to communicate afterward, during which time she says she sent her “more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos” over six or seven months. According to the lawsuit, half were shipped while Doe was a minor.

Doe seeks “unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a court order that would prohibit D’Elia from possessing or taking any action with Doe’s photos” from the lawsuit.

In response to the lawsuit, a D’Elia spokesperson said The Hollywood Reporter, “Chris denies these allegations and will vigorously defend himself against them in court.”

D’Elia has also been charged with sexual misconduct, grooming, harassment, soliciting nude photos of minors, and exposing himself to various women. After the allegations emerged, the CAA abandoned him and an episode of Work addicts where he plays a child molester he was removed from broadcasts and streaming platforms.

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