Christian comedian Jon Crist has canceled his remaining 2019 tour dates after multiple reports have surfaced accusing him of sexual promiscuity, harassment, and exploitation of young women.
According to a lengthy report by Charisma News:
Crist has exploited his Christian reputation and platform to harass, manipulate and exploit young women over the last seven years. 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.
Charisma News details many specific cases of Crist initiating relationships and earning the trust of women who believe him to be safe because of his professed Christian faith. As one woman said, “There were a few moments I thought, ‘Hey, this is kind of weird,’ but the same phrase kept playing through my head that stopped me from leaving: ‘It’s OK. He’s a Christian. He won’t do anything inappropriate.'” The same woman alleges that he plied her with alcohol until she was “on the verge of blackout drunk” and tried to have sex with her.
In a statement to Charisma, printed here in full, Crist admits to “sexual sin and addiction struggles”:
“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. My behavior has been destructive and sinful. 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.
Over several recent years, I have privately sought and received regular professional treatment for my sexual sin and addiction struggles. I’m committed to getting healing and freedom from my sin and have decided to cancel my remaining tour dates this year and to postpone all future commitments in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.
Those closest to me—my family, team and close friends—have known about this battle for some time, and now you do too. I’m ashamed of my behavior and I’m so sorry for hurting so many people. I don’t blame anyone but myself. I’m responsible for my actions and I’ve repented and am taking full ownership. I realize it will be difficult for some people to ever forgive me, and I accept that as a result of my bad decisions and actions.
My entire career has been lived out on stage, and even though I’ve shared many of my life struggles with my audiences, I’ve lived in constant fear of the darkest parts of my life being exposed publicly. My greatest fear has been that those who have loved and supported me would hate me if they knew everything about me. I now humbly seek forgiveness and mercy and love—not just for me, but for those I’ve hurt along my path. I’m so sorry.”
The report also details how Crist’s publisher, WaterBrook & Multnomah, as well as other Christian celebrities, like Jon Acuff, continued to promote Crist despite being aware of his ongoing sexual misconduct.
The author of the report said he’s been working on the story “for the last nine months”:
According to Berglund, Crist’s use of his Christian reputation to gain women’s trust contributed to at least two of his sexual partners losing faith in Christianity, as neither identifies as a Christian today.