The appropriately named John Crist is identified as a ‘Christian’ standup comedian, whatever that might mean. He was due to have a Netflix holiday special but that has been put on hold following allegations by several women that he “used his celebrity status and Christian reputation to sexually harass women.”
In addition to the special, Crist was scheduled to release a book in March titled “Untag Me: The Subtle Art of Appearing Better Than You Really Are.” Its publisher — WaterBrook, a Christian imprint of Penguin Random House — sent a statement to RNS saying it was postponing publication of the book.
Those decisions come amid backlash against the comedian following allegations of sexual misconduct that first were reported Wednesday by Charisma, a charismatic Christian magazine.
According to Charisma, “The allegations include, but are not limited to, individually sexting multiple women during the same time period, initiating sexual relationships with married women and women in committed relationships, offering show tickets in exchange for sexual favors and repeatedly calling these women late at night while drunk.”
To his credit, though he was a little vague about what he was actually admitting to have done, he has given a real apology, not the non-apology that we have seen so often that takes the form “I am sorry if you were offended”.
In a statement provided to the magazine, Crist apologized for what he called “destructive and sinful” behavior.
“Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them. While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this—I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly,” Crist said in the statement published in full on Charisma’s website.
“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,” he said.