A new comedy special from John Crist has been put on hold amid allegations of sexual misconduct, a Netflix spokesperson tells Decider. In a Charisma News report published Wednesday, multiple women accused Crist of sexual harassment and exploitative behavior, including offering tickets to his show in exchange for sexual favors. The Christian comedian has insisted that he is “not guilty of everything [he’s] been accused of,” but in a statement to Charisma News, he admitted to “destructive and sinful behavior” and announced that he is canceling the remainder of his 2019 tour dates. Decider has reached out to Crist for additional comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Crist’s new special, I Ain’t Prayin For That, was slated to hit Netflix on November 28. The streaming giant first announced the special in late October, describing it at the time as “the divine comedy special of the year.” The official description continues, “The son of a pastor and one of 8 homeschooled children, Crist evaluates the weakness of millennial culture, how to be a ‘good’ Christian, dating in the modern era and more.”
On Wednesday, Charisma News reported allegations of five women who claim that Crist pressured them to have sex or harassed them. One woman, who was given a pseudonym, claimed that the comedian got her drunk and attempted to kiss her; she alleged that even after she pushed him off and said that she wasn’t interested, he continued to pursue her. “The one thing that stopped me from believing he was creepy is John so proudly parades his face as a Christian,” the woman told Charisma News. “I’ve let myself believe that just because someone is a Christian means they won’t do something intentionally bad. But the truth is, John invited me to his apartment with the intention of sleeping with me after shaking hands with my boyfriend.”
The report also claims that Crist gives women free tickets to his shows and expects sex in return. “He will invite them to a hotel room for unspecified reasons,” said filmmaker and photographer Jeremiah Warren, who learned of Crist’s behavior from a friend. “When they turn him down, then he holds the ticket over them and says ‘Why have you been talking to me? Obviously this is what you wanted.’”
In a statement given to Charisma News, Crist said that he has “decided to cancel my remaining tour dates this year and to postpone all future commitments in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.” Added the Christian comedian, “Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this — I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful … I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness.” Read Crist’s full statement on Charisma News.
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