Comedian and You actor Chris D'Elia has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women when they were underage as accusations of grooming and the solicitation of nude photos and meeting up for sex spread on Twitter.
On Tuesday, a Twitter user named Simoné, who uses the handle @girlpowertbh started a thread in which she shared screenshots of DM conversations alleging to be between herself and D'Elia when she was 16-year-old in 2014.
She wrote: "for the longest time i thought it was embarrassing for ME that i was interacting with this older man but he was the one who DM'd me on twitter and was the one who was twice my age and was the one that used the power imbalance between us to his advantage so f*** chris d'elia."
Another tweet by @girlpowertbh reads: "i am also definitely not the only underage girl he did this too. just an FYI." Adding: "for the longest time i thought this was just a funny story to tell at parties when i realized what happened isn't normal and that he was and could still be doing this to younger girls and it's my job to say something."
The Twitter user claims the only reason she never ended up meeting D'Elia was because she got a boyfriend her own age.
You can read the full thread here. Newsweek has contacted D'Elia's representatives for comment.
The thread quickly went viral on Tuesday, paving the way for an avalanche of accusations against the Undatable actor, who is aged 40.
Another Twitter user, who goes by the handle @livstadler shared her own experience with D'Elia whereby the comic asked her to "hang out" after she messaged him about a show he was performing in Toronto.
"But I was young and dumb and just really wanted to meet a role model of mine so I agreed to meet him in public, at a bar. 10 minutes before our meeting time, he switched the location to his hotel bar. I sighed, knowing where this was going. But went anyway, I wanted to meet him!" she wrote.
"When I arrived at the hotel bar, I ordered a drink and texted him, telling him I was there. Predictably, he told me to come to his hotel room. I said "no thank you, I prefer to meet at the bar". He stopped responding."
Another Twitter user @LeahKnauer recounted her experience of visiting D'Elia at his home when she was 19.
"His energy that night was very dark and creepy - I remember he even got mad at me for "ringing the doorbell wrong", so our first face-to-face interaction was him scolding me. After a few minutes of talking, I told him I was a virgin. His eyes lit up and he excitedly asked, 'So if we had sex, it would probably hurt you, right?' Then I got immediately creeped TF out and scared he was going to hurt me," she wrote.
She then explained that she was only in the house for around 30 minutes before leaving but that, "even though I was of legal age and consented to going over there, he was predatory and tbh scary."
Another comedian Emma Arnold tweeted: "When I was a brand new comic, one of Delia's best friends warned me to never send Chris nudes bc he made them into memes and showed to other male comics at shows. Looks like some of those memes were probably of underage girls. No wonder I don't miss comedy yet."
An account with the handle @sheratesdogs (a parody of the popular We Rate Dogs account dedicated to women sharing strange messages they receive from men) has been sharing anonymous DMs from women who are claiming D'Elia solicited nude pictures from them and tried to meet up with them for sex, including one who says they were 16-years-old.
Several figures in the comedy world have been tweeting about D'Elia since the accusations started.
Comedian Lane Moore tweeted: "Who could've known Chris D'Elia was a creep other than anyone who's ever looked at him or heard him say things."
Another comic Amy Miller wrote: "If you cowards had fired Chris D'Elia a long time ago for being bad at the job (standup comedy) he wouldn't have had time to creep. But you LIVE to say "good set" to men taller than you."