Chris D'Elia Accused of Possessing Child Pornography in Sexual Exploitation Suit

The suit was filed on behalf of a Jane Doe who was 17 at the time of the alleged misconduct.

Chris D'Elia was accused on Tuesday of sexually exploiting a minor and soliciting child pornography in a federal lawsuit.

The suit, filed on behalf of a Jane Doe in a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims that in 2014, a then 34-year-old D'Elia sexually abused Doe while she was 17 years old and demanded sexually explicit images from her after meeting her over social media. A spokesperson for D'Elia said, "Chris denies these allegations and will vigorously defend against them in court."

Per the lawsuit, D'Elia met Doe after she direct messaged him on Instagram and he invited her to come to a comedy show. Before they met up, D'Elia allegedly asked for the defendant's Snapchat information and, after a few initial messages, asked for a nude photo. Per the suit, he continually asked for photos and Doe eventually sent him five to 10 nude photos before they met in person.

When they finally met before a show at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino, Doe brought a friend to meet D'Elia in his hotel room, but allegedly D'Elia wouldn't open his hotel door until the friend had left. During that first encounter, D'Elia "instructed Ms. Doe to get on the floor, take off his shoes and pants, and give him oral sex" and "approximately ten minutes after she arrived at his hotel room, Defendant D’Elia had sex with Ms. Doe," per the complaint. Doe told D'Elia that she was 17 years old and in high school, the lawsuit says. They had another sexual encounter after the show, according to the complaint.

After their meeting, Doe says D'Elia requested more explicit images and, in total, she sent him "more than 100 sexually explicit photos and videos" over six or seven months, with half of them sent while Doe was a minor. After 2015, Doe allegedly ceased most contact and blocked him on Snapchat in 2017.

Doe is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction that would bar him from possessing or taking any action with the photos of Doe. (Read the complaint below.)

After multiple women posted allegations of sexual misconduct against D'Elia in the summer of 2020, CAA dropped the comedian as a client and Netflix scrapped an unscripted show that was set to co-star D'Elia. Tig Notaro also ended up replacing D'Elia in Zack Snyder's zombie movie Army of the Dead. D'Elia denied the claims, saying in a statement, "I have never knowingly pursued any underage women at any point."