Comedian Chris D’Elia took a long hiatus on Friday and posted a nearly 10-minute video on his YouTube page to talk about his past behavior.
D’Elia was accused by two women of exposure to various incidents, one in 2011 and one in 2018, the stories of which were described in a report on CNN.com. D’Elia was previously accused of asking underage girls on social media.
After these allegations surfaced, CAA dropped the actor-comedian as a client. He was also fired from management company 3 Arts Entertainment. Meanwhile, Netflix scrapped an upcoming unwritten prank show that featured D’Elia.
D’Elia admitted in Friday’s video, “I know it’s been a really long time since you’ve heard from me,” but said he hoped his previous statements denying the allegations would be enough. “I wanted this statement to speak for itself,” he said, adding that while he was about to get back to work, he gave it a second thought. “Best to take a long hard look at me.”
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“I know what about everything that has been said,” said D’Elia. “I know it looks bad and doesn’t show the full extent of what happened.” He claimed, “I stand by the fact that all of my relationships were consensual and legal. That’s the truth.”
“Sex controlled my life,” he said. “And I have a problem. And I have a problem … I have to work on it. “
Later in the video, he apologized to everyone involved in his activities. “I am sorry.”
In a statement issued when the original allegations surfaced, D’Elia representatives sent a statement to Deadline.
“I know I have said and done things that may have offended people during my career, but at no point have I knowingly persecuted underage women,” he said. “All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual, and I’ve never met or exchanged inappropriate photos with the people who tweeted about me. Other than that, I’m really sorry. I was a stupid guy who got ABSOLUTELY involved in my lifestyle. Its my fault. I own it. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I promise I will keep doing better. “
Check out the video above for the full confessional.