Bryan Callen has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct in a new article by the LA Times. Four women say they were his victims from between 1999 and 2017.
Callen released a statement saying, “Let me be very clear: I have never raped, forced myself upon any woman nor offered to trade stage time for sex. EVER. … I know the truth. And I can only hold my head up high, remain true to myself, my family, my audience and know that I will not allow the cancel culture to subvert what I know and as importantly, what these women know, is the truth.”
Katherine Fiore Tigerman, says her relationship with Callen began as friends for several years but she alleges that in 1999 the stand-up comic raped her at his home after a dinner to celebrate her booking a pilot. Tigerman claims that she felt “powerless” and “didn’t think she could escape from under the weight of his body.” So she “checked out.”
Callen denies the accusation, claiming, “We got intimate and began to have sex at which point she looked at me and said ‘wait, I don’t want to just be a one night stand.’ I immediately stopped and we spoke about her expectations and our 5 year friendship. Several days later Katherine called me and we recapped our evening and hung up as friends.”
The second victim was a woman named Rachel Green, an American Apparel employee in Pittsburgh who say he assaulted her in 2009.
Tiffany King says she asked Callen for financial help and he requested fellatio in exchange for stage time and money.
Claire Ganshert says she was a young, aspiring actress when she began a four-year affair with the actor although he was married. She said she felt “devalued and demoralized” during their interactions and claimed he once told her women have a “biological, primal desire to be raped.”