Comic Chris D’Elia hit with temporary restraining order

Embattled comedian Chris D’Elia has been handed a restraining order by a woman who accused him of threatening to release intimate adult videos of her and making death threats against her.

The order, issued Tuesday by the Los Angeles Superior Court, was based on unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence or stalking, according to court documents seen by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

D’Elia, 42, whose career imploded in 2020 when multiple women accused him of sexual impropriety, was barred from contacting 34-year-old Los Angeles resident Caroline Schmitz and threatening to harass her — either directly or indirectly to intimidate or attack her and was ordered to stay 100 yards from Schmitz, her home, work and vehicle.

But the comedian’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, insists D’Elia never met Schmitz and that her allegations are libelous.

“These allegations are as fantastic as they are defamatory,” Brettler said in a statement to The Times on Friday. “Chris never met that person. But over the past year, she has been sending him increasingly troubling text and audio messages, including threats against him and his family. If anyone is going to get a restraining order here, it’s Chris.”

TMZ reported Thursday that Schmitz allegedly sent the stand-up comedian audio and text messages earlier this year with threats and reposted some of the messages D’Elia said she sent him via Instagram.

According to the request for a civil harassment injunction, Schmitz claimed that she and the “You” and “The Good Doctor” actor first met in 2017 after he watched some of her comedy online and tracked her down at the club where she worked. She said they began a sexual relationship over several months.

Schmitz said he contacted her again in May 2022 through OnlyFans, a subscription-based online platform that allows the creation and sale of adult content, and threatened to “post intimate videos that I create for him on the platform.” would have”. Screenshots of her messages on OnlyFans when she hasn’t left Los Angeles.

Schmitz believed the messages came from D’Elia because she “recognized his writing style” and was “startled” by his comments, which led her to believe he was monitoring her and her online activities. She also said she believed D’Elia hacked her phone or ordered someone else to do so.

“I am afraid of [D’Elia]. I’m afraid [D’Elia] continue to do things to exercise sexual control over me. I’m afraid of it [D’Elia] will post the videos and cause me further harm,” she wrote in the order request.

D’Elia was ordered to delete or destroy any intimate or private images, video or audio recordings of Schmitz “whether genuine or man-made” and was forbidden from sharing them, the order said.

He was also banned from accessing Schmitz’s electronic devices or online accounts, “including but not limited to email accounts, social media accounts, apps or their accounts, records of any communications, smartphones, computers, tablets or other devices or accounts that require a password.” The order includes devices and accounts to which Schmitz had previously granted D’Elia access or to which he knows or was aware of the password.

The restraining order will remain in effect until October 19, when a hearing is scheduled in Los Angeles Superior Court.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-30/chris-delia-temporary-restraining-order-caroline-schmitz Comic Chris D’Elia hit with temporary restraining order

Sarah Ridley

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