Viral Christian comic John Crist has canceled his upcoming tour, including a May 10 performance at Tampa’s Yuengling Center, after a report alleging instances of sexual misconduct involving multiple women.
Crist, whose Tampa arena show was announced only a week ago, was accused in a report by the Christian publication Charisma News of using his fame to harass and manipulate women and solicit sexual favors from fans, including some who were married or in relationships. The report cited multiple women who said Crist tried to get them drunk, grabbed and kissed them against their will and engaged in overly flirtatious sexting and behavior on social media.
In a statement to Charisma News, Crist apologized for his behavior and said he had been receiving treatment for his sexual “sin” and “addiction struggles.”
“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," he stated. "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.”
Crist, who until recently was dating country singer Lauren Alaina, said he was postponing his tour “in order to devote all my time and energy on getting healthy spiritually, mentally and physically.”
After the report, Netflix announced it was pulling Crist’s special I Ain’t Praying for That, which had been scheduled to arrive this month; and publisher WaterBrook canceled the release of a book planned for March.
Tickets to Crist’s Tampa performance were scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, but the show was canceled before then. Those who bought tickets via presale or other means can get refunds at point of purchase. Click here and here for details.