As more people come forward to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault in recent days, “House” actress Charlyne Yi has decided to speak out, too. And while her story does not involve sexual misconduct, it centers on an older male professional using his clout to make her feel small.
“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 began. “Dumbfounded, I stared at him speechless and he said to me, ‘What’s a matter? You don’t speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong.’”
She continued: “Then after he saw I was offended, he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent.”
I think about the first time I met David Cross ten years ago & he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me "what's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-chong-ching-chong".— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017
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".— Charlyne Yi (@charlyne_yi) October 16, 2017
On Tuesday, Cross responded with a statement saying Yi’s posts took him “by surprise.”
“I am NOT accusing Charlene [sic] of lying and I’m truly sorry if I hurt her,” he wrote, going on to suggest that “perhaps we are both misremembering *exactly* what happened that night.”
Adressing the Charlyne Yi tweet below. pic.twitter.com/WMHxH6lZco— )))David Cross((( (@davidcrosss) October 18, 2017
The “Arrested Development” actor ended his statement with a defense of his character. “I can’t believe I have to write this but I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life,” he wrote.
In her original thread, Yi noted that she “sure as hell” hopes the actor has “changed.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.