Comedian accused of rape, harassment

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–Comedian Bryan Callen faces allegations of sexual misconduct – including a rape complaint – weeks after allegations surfaced against his best friend, comedian Chris D’Elia. Katherine Fiore Tigerman, who recounts the Los Angeles Times this Les Goldberg The actor raped her in 1999, came forward after reading allegations of misconduct involving male comedians, including D’Elia’s alleged pursuit of underage girls. She says she became friends with Callen in 1994, years before they appeared separately on MADtv. At a dinner with the comedian one evening, Tigerman says she felt nauseous and disoriented despite consuming half a glass of wine. She says Callen then drove her to his home, where he pushed her onto the bed and raped her while she said “no” to him. Tigerman did not go to the police but immediately told her best friend and then her boyfriend, who corroborated the story with others, reports the Time.

the Time spoke to three other women who accuse Callen of misconduct. Rachel Green says she was working at an American Apparel store in Pittsburgh in 2009 when Callen pinned her against a fitting wall and kissed her. Claire Ganshert, who had previously had an affair with Callen, claims to have told her wives that they have “a biological and primary desire to be raped” in 2016. And comedian Tiffany King says Callen demanded oral sex in exchange for time and money on stage in 2017. Additionally, during a 2016 episode of Callen’s podcast, comedian Whitney Cummings said that Callen pulled out his penis in front of her. “I remember saying, ‘Oh, I’m just going to have to sleep with him because he won’t take’ no ‘for an answer,” she said. Cummings refused to speak to Time. In a statement, Callen says, “I never raped myself, forced myself on any woman or offered to trade time on stage for sex. NEVER. Amy Schumer made a statement of support for the women interviewed after the story was published. (Read more stories of sexual misconduct.)

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