The Whitney actor was forced to defend himself last year after a series of women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the comedy star, who also had some of his private message exchanges with alleged victims leaked online. He was also accused of solicitation of nude photos by multiple underage girls.
He claimed all of his sexual interactions had been consensual, but he was promptly dropped by his talent agents, and now, after months of silence, D’Elia has addressed the controversy with fans.
In a YouTube video message, the comedian told fans: “First of all, I do know how it looks with all the stuff that’s been said and the emails that have been put out there, and what the media has been trying to say and I know it looks bad. (But) I stand by the fact that all my relationships have been consensual and legal.”
He went on to admit sex “controlled” his life, but he has been working on becoming a better man and is committed to undergoing therapy.
“It (sex) was the focus, it was my focus all the time. And I had a problem and I do have a problem,” he confessed.
“It’s not like, months down the line everything’s better. I need to do work on that.”
The 40-year-old went on to explain he was leading a lifestyle he had no idea how to stop, as he had cheated on almost all of the women he had been in relationships with, including his now-fiancee, Kristin Taylor.
He added: “It was out of control, so I have a chance here to apologise to the people that got caught up in that s**t, and the lies that I would tell my fiancee, my friends, and I’m sorry.”
He remarked of his recovery journey: “It’s the hardest thing ever to have to look at yourself and realise that that’s what it is, and that’s what you’ve done, and that’s who you are.”