A civil lawsuit filed in federal court in California on Tuesday accuses comedian Chris D’Elia of child sexual exploitation and violation of child pornography laws.
The plaintiff, who goes by the name Jane Doe in the filing, says she was a 17-year-old high school student when she connected with D’Elia on social media in 2014. Her statement says D’Elia, 34 years, Elia knew that the girl was underage, she even commented on a photo of her dressed for the “spiritual day” while she was in school.
The presentation says that the comedian invited her to one of his shows. He attended one in Connecticut where, the complaint says, he engaged in sexual activity with her before going on stage. During those interactions, the lawsuit claims that D’Elia asked the plaintiff multiple times to tell her how old he was and she told him she was 17 (Connecticut law says the age of consent is 16).
Chris D’Elia posts a confessional video about his past conduct
From then on, “she built a manipulative, controlling and abusive dynamic,” the complaint says, in which she required that she provide sexually explicit images of herself over the Internet. When she refused, the complaint reads, D’Elia “psychologically punished her.”
The filing says 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 was previously accused by two women of exposing herself in separate incidents, one in 2011 and one 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 allegations surfaced, CAA dismissed the actor and comedian as a client. He was also fired by the management company 3 Arts Entertainment. Netflix, meanwhile, has scrapped an upcoming unscripted prank show featuring D’Elia.
In February, after the original allegations came to light, D’Elia released a lengthy video statement confronting the spate of sexual misconduct allegations against her, saying in part: “I know how it looks with all the things that have been said … I know it looks bad, and it doesn’t show the full scope of what happened. ” He stated: “I endorse the fact that all my relationships have been consensual and legal. That’s the truth.”
However, he continued, “sex controlled my life. And I have a problem … I need to work on that. “
Later in the video, he apologized to everyone who had been affected by his activities saying, “I’m sorry.”
The complaint says that while D’Elia “claims that ‘this was always about sex’ for him, it was much more for Ms. Doe. It was about child pornography and child sexual exploitation ”.
In a statement issued when the original allegations emerged, D’Elia’s 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 persecuted any underage women at any time,” he said. “All my relationships have been legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged inappropriate photos with the people who tweeted about me. That being said, I’m really sorry. I was a dumb guy who ABSOLUTELY got sucked into my lifestyle. It’s my fault. I got it. I have been reflecting on this for some time and I promise I will continue to do better. “
D’Elia has done three comedy specials on Netlix. The comedian also had a three-episode arc on the Netflix series. Your in 2019, in which he played a man who threatens a 15-year-old girl. D’Elia’s character was assassinated. The comedian also played Whitney Cummings’ boyfriend on NBC. Whitney, a role that Cummings said he wrote for D’Elia.