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Charlyne Yi Accuses David Cross of Being ‘Racist’ Toward Her, Cross Responds to ‘Deeply Upsetting’ Claims

Yi described an incident from when they first met, but Cross remembers it differently.


Charlyne Yi has accused David Cross of racism in a Twitter thread in which she shared details of their first meeting. According to Yi, Cross made fun of her tattered pants and when she chose to ignore him, he responded, “What’s a matter? You don’t speak English? Ching-chong-ching-chong.” He then asked the comedian whether or not she would fight karate with him. Yi says the two met again years later and Cross introduced himself as if they never saw each other before.

“I can tell the difference between this man making a joke vs condescending me,” Yi wrote. “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)…it is very uncool that a 40+ man was being racist toward me, being a young 20 year old woman who was clearly on the verge of tears from his first racist comment.”

Cross didn’t take long to respond to Yi’s allegations. The “Arrested Development” star first responded to a fan reacting negatively to him by saying, “This seems crazy and WAY out of character for me. I’m buying teething gel right now but will get to the bottom of this as soon as I get home.”

In a tweet directly responding to Yi’s first statement, Cross said he did not remember the encounter at all and that it was “bonkers” and “way out of character.”

He followed-up the response by posting an official statement, which ended on the line: “I can’t believe I have to write this but I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life.” His statement ends with #Rashomon, referencing the Akira Kurosawa film in which characters remember the same event differently.

Yi’s story comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which over 40 women have accused the studio executive of sexual harassment and abuse. The scandal has inspired many women throughout the industry to share their own stories of harassment, including Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence. Cross says he has reached out to Yi privately and hopes to resolve the matter soon.

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