John Crist has offered an apology in the wake of a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement released this week to Charisma News, he acknowledged that he has been accused of multiple instances of misconduct, and confessed to treating relationships with women “far too casually” or even “recklessly”.
“My behavior has been destructive and sinful,” he continued. “I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most. I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process. I am sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused these women and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I have also hurt the name of Jesus and have sought His forgiveness.”
The lengthy statement confessed to seeking professional treatment for “sexual sin and addiction struggles” and promises to take full responsibility for his actions.
According to reports, five women have accused Crist of various improprieties, including unwanted sexting, grabbing and offering tickets in exchange for sexual favors. A story in Charisma magazine detailed various allegations. A student who did an interview with the comic says he admitted to being a sex addict, and after the interview continually propositioned her. In a later encounter he gave her alcohol, grabbed her and tried to kiss her, and was relentless in pursuing physical and sexual contact.
Another person described his aggressive behavior on social media, offering free tickets to fans, which would be followed by attempts to get the women to his hotel. If the women declined, he would shame them asking them why they were talking to him and taking the free ticket if they weren’t interested.
Crist is a popular comedian who works clubs, as well as the Church circuits. His viral videos have received millions of views. His first special, “I Got Questions” premiered in 2015 and he was about to release his first Netflix special, “I Ain’t Prayin’ for That” later this month. Officially, the special is “on hold” according to Netflix, but the page listing the hour and previewing its Thanksgiving Day debut has been pulled from the site.
Crist has also canceled tour dates to focus on getting healthy.