AceShowbiz - David Cross responded after fellow comedian Charlyne Yi shared her alleged racist encounter with Cross from years ago. The "Arrested Development" actor apologized to Charlyne but he said that he didn't remember making any offensive comments against her.
Charlyne took it to Twitter to share the story, "I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me 'what's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong'."
"Then after he saw I was offended he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent. Then a few years later he was re-introduced to me after my comedy show with his girlfriend at the time & he said 'Hi nice to meet you'," she continued.
The female comedian added, "I will say this: -I can tell the difference between this man making a joke vs condescending me. -This happened 10 years ago and I sure as hell hope he's changed (or at the very least, he's scared enough to not be his racist self)."
She concluded, "HOWEVER it is very uncool that a 40+ man was being racist towards me, being a young 20 year old woman who was clearly on the verge of tears from his first racist comment."
David Cross replied to one of her tweets, "Charlene, i dont remember this at all! It's bonkers to me and WAY, way out of character. DM me so I can understand all of this." He added, "I have reached out to her to clear this up. I've reached out to others who were there when we met as well to get verification."
He then issued a statement, "A note to any and all. This accusation from Charlyne took me by surprised and was deeply upsetting. I would never intentionally hurt someone like that. I do not remember doing this when I met her. I am NOT accusing Charlene of lying and I'm truly sorry if I hurt her, it was never my intention to do that."
He added, "I do not remember it like she remembers it ... but I reached out to her privately and expressed that and more, including the possibility that perhaps we are both misremembering exactly what happened that night. Anyway, I can't believe I have to write this but I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life."
Adressing the Charlyne Yi tweet below. pic.twitter.com/WMHxH6lZco— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) October 18, 2017