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In recent weeks, Chris D’Elia has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After multiple women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against him, D’Elia’s career took a downward spiral. However, now his team has released email exchanges between the accusers and D’Elia, taking aim at them.
Chris D’Elia’s legal team takes aim at the accusers
In the past few weeks, multiple women came forward with claims of sexual harassment and misconduct against Chris D’Elia. Moreover, in some of the cases, they were underage girls at the time. Other than that, one girl even claimed that D’Elia bared his aroused genitals in front of her in a hotel room.
However, now the comedian’s legal team has released email exchanges between the accusers and D’Elia. They shared the emails with Page Six.
1. Clara Schaller
One of the exchanges was between D’Elia and Clara Schaller, who shared her emails from 2012 on Twitter. In her allegations on Twitter, Schaller posted emails from 2012, which revealed that D’Elia wanted to have “naked s*x” with her. Moreover, she was 17 at the time, a minor. Chris D’Elia’s team, however, released emails that allegedly revealed that D’Elia asked her age midway through the conversation. He asked, “How old are you?”, to which Schaller jokingly replied “12”. He replied, “Answerrrrr,” after which Schaller wrote, “24?”
Moreover, it is also important to note that Chris D’Elia asked for her “pics” before asking for her age. And he also continued to lewd the conversation, despite not getting an answer about the accuser’s age.
2. Colleen Riley
The other set of email exchanges revealed by Chris D’Elia’s representatives is with Colleen Riley. She posted messages from 2014, in which Chris D’Elia wanted to “make out” with her, after which she replied, “Chris, I’m 16”. However, D’Elia’s reps revealed that Chris had replied in the chain, which Riley did not make public in her tweets. It read:
Oh sh**. I thought you were at my (standup) show. Gotta be 18 (to get into that) at least. My bad. Bye.
3. Simone Rossi
The third email exchange released by D’Elia’s representatives was with Simone Rossi. She came forward and told the LA Times that she engaged with Chris D’Elia back in 2015 when she was 16. Rossi claimed that the comedian asked her to “make out” with him and share pictures of herself. But, his legal team revealed an email from 2019 by Rossi, which said:
I’m 21 now and (down to f**k)
Chris D’Elia did not respond to that email. But, it is important to note that Rossi tweeted the following message along with the emails:
Imagine being 16 and being groomed by a stand up comedian twice ur age and the only reason you never met up and never got physically m*lested was because u had just gotten a boyfriend of ur own age…
He was the one that used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f**k chris d’elia.
Many accusers remain unanswered
Despite these three leaked email exchanges, there are multiple women who still have not received an answer from Chris D’Elia or his legal team. The LA Times labeled it as an “avalanche of screenshots”. Therefore, despite these released exchanges, there are many questions left unanswered.
The power dynamic in such exchanges between adults, especially rich and powerful, and minors are always concerning. That is why the consent of minors or underage children is irrelevant in such cases. After these allegations surfaced, Chris D’Elia maintained his innocence and gave the following statement to TMZ:
All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me,” Chris said. “That being said, I really am truly sorry. I was a dumb guy who ABSOLUTELY let myself get caught up in my lifestyle. That’s MY fault. I own it. I’ve been reflecting on this for some time now and I promise I will continue to do better.