- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

“Arrested Development” star David Cross is disputing allegations by actress and comedian Charlyne Yi that he made racist comments toward Ms. Yi when they first met 10 years ago.

“I would never intentionally hurt someone like that,” Mr. said in a statement late Tuesday. “I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life.”

Ms. Yi, who appeared in the 2007 Judd Apatow hit “Knocked Up” and who now plays the voice of Ruby in the animated series “Steven Universe,” alleged on Twitter Monday that Mr. Cross ridiculed her for her appearance.

“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),” she wrote. “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,” she added. “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.’”

Ms. Yi said she hoped that over the course of 10 years Mr. Cross had learned to correct his racist behavior.

“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,” she wrote.

Mr. Cross said Tuesday that he reached out to Ms. Yi personally in an effort to “clear this up” and that he contacted other people who witnessed the decade-old encounter “to get verification.”

“This accusation from Charlyne took me by surprised [sic] and was deeply upsetting,” Mr. Cross wrote. “I would never intentionally hurt someone like that. I do not remember doing this when I met her. I do remember meeting her though. She was the then girlfriend of a good friend of mine and we were about to start working on a movie together.

“I am NOT accusing Charlene [sic] 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 (and clearly we’re quite a bit far apart on this) 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. #Rashomon.”

“Rashomon” is a 1950 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, which featured characters’ contradictory viewpoints of the same story, The Daily Mail reported.

Ms. Yi hasn’t publicly responded to Mr. Cross‘ apology.

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