Whitney Cummings has responded to allegations that comedian/actor Chris D’Elia harassed underage girls on social media, saying she’s “devastated and enraged by what I’ve read and learned.”
Cummings played the girlfriend of D’Elia on NBC’s 2011 series Whitney, a role that Cummings had said she wrote for D’Elia.
“This is a pattern of predatory behavior,” Cummings said in a tweet today. “This abuse of power is enabled by silence. Now that I’m aware, I won’t be silent.
“Girls should be able to be a fan of a comedian they admire without becoming a sexual target,” she added. “It’s the adult’s responsibility to be an adult.”
Earlier, D’Elia issued a statement defending himself against allegations he solicited attention from underage girls, actions taken even after learning they were underage.
“I know I have said and done things that might have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point,” D’Elia said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “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. 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.”
D’Elia has made three comedy specials, including this year’s Chris D’Elia: No Pain, at Netflix.
The comedian also had a three-episode arc on the Netflix series You last year, in which he played a man who menaces a 15-year-old girl. D’Elia’s character Henderson was killed off and won’t be appearing in Season 3 of the show.
The most recent episode of his podcast Congratulations with Chris D’Elia is available on Apple podcasts.
Tom Tapp contributed to this report.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.