Netflix is responding to the sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Christian comic and YouTuber John Crist.
Sooner or later after the accusations in opposition to Crist, 35, went public, a spokesperson from the streaming service confirmed to PEOPLE that the comic’s Netflix particular, John Crist: I Ain’t Prayin For That, is presently on maintain.
The upcoming particular would have marked Crist’s debut on Netflix and was scheduled to premiere on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28).
Press supplies obtained by The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Crist’s arise would cowl “the weak point of millennial tradition, how one can be a ‘good’ Christian, courting within the fashionable period and extra.”
Nonetheless, as of Thursday night, Netflix had eliminated the particular’s title web page from their web site and platform, with an error web page now as a replacement.
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In a report printed Wednesday by Charisma Information, 5 girls, whose names have been deliberately changed with pseudonyms by the outlet, got here ahead with accusations about Crist.
The outlet studies that “Crist has exploited his Christian fame and platform to harass, manipulate and exploit younger girls over the past seven years,” a number of sources allege.
“The allegations embody, however usually are not restricted to, individually sexting a number of girls throughout the identical time interval, initiating sexual relationships with married girls and girls in dedicated relationships, providing present tickets in alternate for sexual favors and repeatedly calling these girls late at evening whereas drunk,” Charisma Information studies.
In a prolonged assertion issued to Charisma Information, Crist apologized “for the damage and ache” that he has prompted varied girls, admitting that he has “handled relationships with girls far too casually, in some instances even recklessly.” (PEOPLE confirmed Crist’s assertion through his rep.)
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“Over the previous variety of years, varied girls have accused me of conduct that has been hurtful to them. Whereas I’m not responsible of every part I’ve been accused of, I confess to being responsible of this — I’ve handled relationships with girls far too casually, in some instances even recklessly. My conduct has been damaging and sinful,” Crist started.
“I’ve sinned in opposition to God, in opposition to girls and the individuals who I really like essentially the most. I’ve violated my very own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have damage many individuals within the course of. I’m sorry for the damage and ache I’ve prompted these girls and can proceed to hunt their forgiveness. I’ve additionally damage the identify of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness,” he continued.
Crist additional revealed in his assertion that he has sought skilled remedy to assist together with his “habit struggles.”
“Over a number of latest years, I’ve privately sought and obtained common skilled remedy for my sexual sin and habit struggles,” he wrote.
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Whereas he continues to hunt “therapeutic and freedom,” Crist introduced that his remaining 2019 tour dates have been canceled.
“I’m dedicated to getting therapeutic and freedom from my sin and have determined to cancel my remaining tour dates this 12 months and to postpone all future commitments with the intention to commit all my time and power on getting wholesome spiritually, mentally and bodily,” stated Crist.
Whereas Crist’s non-public battles might come as a shock to his 1.2 million Instagram followers, the comedian stated that “these closest to me — my household, staff and shut buddies — have recognized about this battle for a while, and now you do too.”
He admitted, “I’m ashamed of my conduct and I’m so sorry for hurting so many individuals. I don’t blame anybody however myself. I’m liable for my actions and I’ve repented and am taking full possession. I notice will probably be tough for some folks to ever forgive me, and I settle for that on account of my unhealthy choices and actions.”
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Crist concluded: “My complete profession has been lived out on stage, and although I’ve shared a lot of my life struggles with my audiences, I’ve lived in fixed worry of the darkest elements of my life being uncovered publicly. My biggest worry has been that those that have beloved and supported me would hate me in the event that they knew every part about me. I now humbly search forgiveness and mercy and love — not only for me, however for these I’ve damage alongside my path. I’m so sorry.”
The son of a pastor, Crist is the third of eight kids and was raised within the south.
“I grew up within the deep south, my dad is a pastor, and I used to be the third of eight homeschooled kids. My first job was at Chick-fil-A. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?!” he stated on his web site about the place he finds inspiration to put in writing jokes.
The comic made Pollstar’s Prime 100 Excursions Globally checklist in 2019, “with over 197,000 tickets offered for his ‘Human Being Tour,’” in line with his biography.