Comedian Chris D’Elia has been sued by a Jane Doe who alleges that he solicited nude pictures from her when she was 17 years old.
An attorney for D’Elia told TMZ: ‘Chris denies these allegations and will vigorously defend himself against them in court.’
A complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday alleges that D’Elia, 40, ‘constructed a manipulative, controlling, and abusive dynamic in which he demanded Ms. Doe provide him sexually explicit images of herself over the internet, directed her what specific sexual poses and acts she should perform for him, and psychologically punished her when she refused’.
Doe, now 24, was 17 when the events she alleged occurred began in September 2014 while she was still a student at high school, and D’Elia was 34.
She claims that D’Elia responded to a direct message she sent him on Instagram and that his messages became ‘sexual very quickly’.
Doe claims that on the first night they exchanged messages, D’Elia asked her to send nude pictures of herself, with the teenager sending ‘sexually explicit photos and videos of herself before she met him in person’.
She alleges that two months later in November 2014, she attended the stand-up’s show in Mashantucket, Texas, and was allegedly invited to D’Elia’s hotel room before the show.
Here, Does alleges that D’Elia ‘grabbed Ms. Doe’s hand, put it on his already erect penis, and started moving her hand to pleasure himself’, and asked her to perform oral sex on him.
After the show, Doe allegedly went back to D’Elia’s hotel room and had sex with him; she claims that when she told him that she was in high school, he said it was ‘hot’.
The age of consent in Connecticut is 16.
After this alleged meeting, Doe claims that D’Elia solicited more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos from her, and alleges that he asked her ‘several times to make and send pornographic videos to him of herself having sex with boys her age’.
She also claims that the actor would compare her to other girls that he was seeing and would make ‘degrading comments’ if she didn’t do what he told her.
Communication allegedly continued on and off until 2017, although Doe claims that she stopped sending explicit messages when she was 18 in 2015 and had got into another relationship.
She claims that after watching season two of Netflix’s You, in which D’Elia plays a comedian who preys on underage girls, she ‘sent him a final email expressing that she had been too young for what he had done to her and that she would never be in touch with him again’.
Doe is suing D’Elia for allegedly violating federal child pornography and child sexual exploitation laws, as she claims half of the photos and videos exchanged were taken when she was a minor.
She is seeking ‘compensatory, liquidated, and punitive damages’ and is demanding a trial by jury.
In a statement released by her attorneys, Doe said: ‘When I was in my final year of high school and still a child, I was groomed by a celebrity twice my age.
‘Chris D’Elia abused his status and fame to lure me in, take advantage, and manipulate me when I was at a vulnerable age. I want any other girls out there to know that they are not alone, and it is time to get justice for the mental and physical toll he has put us through.’
D’Elia previously denied allegations of sexual misconduct and claims that he ‘knowingly pursued underage girls’, after he was accused of harassing teenagers and soliciting naked pictures on social media and exposing himself to three women.
Last week, the Undateable star returned to YouTube after eight months and apologised for his actions, although maintained that all of his relationships had been consensual.
He said: ‘I stand by the fact that all my relationships have been consensual and legal and that’s just it, that’s the truth.
‘I’ve [sought] out a lot of medical advice and therapy. What I’ve come to understand was this was always about sex, to me. Sex controlled my life. It was my focus, all the time. I had a problem, and I do have a problem. I need to do work on that.’
D’Elia also returned to Instagram, posting a video of his infant son saying ‘Dada’.
Metro.co.uk has contacted D’Elia’s rep and attorney for comment.