Another co-star of comedian Chris D’Elia has spoken out about recent allegations that the comic requested underage girls on social media.
D’Elia had a three episode arc on the Netflix series Your last season, playing a man who threatens a 15-year-old girl.
Your Star Penn Badgley addressed the allegations on a podcast with the LA Times. D’Elia’s character Henderson was killed and will not appear in season 3 of the show.
“It affected me deeply,” Badgley said of the news. “I was very concerned about that.”
“I don’t know Chris,” he continued. “I know that if there is one thing we must do in this age it is to believe in women.”
Badgley revealed that the main theme of the show was primarily concerned with the young actress who played the girl threatened by D’Elia’s character.
Comedy Central, Hulu and Amazon remove ‘Workaholics’ episode with Chris D’Elia as Child Molester
“You know,” said Badgley, “The first thing our producers did was contact Jenna. [Ortega], who played Ellie, the girl in front of Chris in those scenes, just to make sure she felt safe. “
“I hope that at least our program does not serve to maintain these kinds of ways of being and bunks and these systems,” said the actor. “So, you know, that’s all I think I can and should say, you know?”
D’Elia has denied the allegations that he harassed teenage girls online.
“I know I have said and done things that could have offended people during my career, but I have never knowingly sought out underage women at any time,” D’Elia said in a statement obtained by Deadline last week. “All my relationships have been legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with people who have tweeted about me. That being said, I am really very sorry. He was a silly guy who ABSOLUTELY let me get caught up in my lifestyle. It is my fault. I have it. I have been reflecting on this for some time and I promise that I will continue to do better. ”
Badgley said it bothered him that a show like Your it would even indirectly support abuse.
“I’m also thinking about how not to do it in some way: The idea that a program like ours is indirectly, unknowingly, a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing. It is very disturbing, ”she continued. “What does it take to change that? Because it’s not just about investigating people. There needs to be a change in culture and attitude for that kind of behavior to be as clearly reprehensible, as clearly, as anti-human. “
Whitney Cummings, co-star of D’Elia in her NBC comedy series WhitneyShe said she was “devastated and enraged by what I read and learned.”
“This is a predatory pattern of behavior,” wrote Cummings. “This abuse of power is enabled by silence. Now that I am aware, I will not be silent.
Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) June 20, 2020
Comedy Central, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video removed an episode from the series Workaholics featuring Chris D’Elia as a child molester.
CAA has dropped the actor. He was also fired by the management company 3 Arts Entertainment.