Earlier this week, comedian Charlyne Yi accused fellow comic and director David Cross of making racist comments to her a decade ago. David Cross’s wife Amber Tamblyn has now spoken out on Twitter, stating: “I believe her. I’m about HER feelings/emotional health right now, not Twitter’s.”
Yi, 31, tweeted out about the incident on Monday as reported by People. She claimed it happened when she met Cross, 53, when she was starting out her career.
“I think about the first time I met David Cross 10 years ago and he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor),” Yi tweeted. “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. 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.’"
Actress Tamblyn, 34, defended her husband on Twitter, at first. Just hours later, she announced that she spoke to Yi.
“I spoke to @charlyne_yi and her feelings/safety are all that matter to me. We’re good,” she said. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star also tweeted, “I will say this for the last time. Do not hold women accountable for the actions, decisions or words of their partners. Don’t. Do it.”
Cross has issued a lengthy response on Twitter: “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 also said he might have been doing his Southern “redneck character” when he first met Yi.
“I have NEVER said ‘ching chong, ching chong’ unless I was doing some a—hole redneck racist character,” he said.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxgen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.