Just a week after Netflix scrapped plans for a Chris D’Elia prank show over allegations of sexual misconduct, actor Bryan Callen, who would have costarred on the canceled comedy, is now facing some troubling sexual accusations of his own.
Katherine Fiore Tigerman, 44, tells the Los Angeles Times that she and Callen, 53, had been platonic friends until he allegedly raped her in his home above the Sunset Strip in 1999. Tigerman says she felt compelled to come forward in June when five women took to Twitter to accuse Callen’s close pal D’Elia of sexual impropriety.
“My first thought was: ‘Is something going to happen with Bryan?’” Tigerman recalls. “Reading all the comments, I thought: Here it comes. I’ve known how terrible this person is for 20 years. And maybe I’m not the only one.”
According to Tigerman, she began to feel sick and disoriented while having dinner with Callen at Chaya, after drinking half a glass of wine. After dinner, Callen took her to his place, ostensibly to check the newspaper for movie listings. Once inside, Tigerman says, Callen started to kiss her, so she excused herself to the bathroom.
“I remember looking in the mirror and being, like, ‘OK, you just have to tell him to take you home. This isn’t going right,’” Tigerman tells the Times. “I needed to sit with him and have a conversation about how we were best buds and I was in love with another dude.”
Tigerman alleges that, when she tried to leave the bathroom, Callen grabbed her from behind, saying, “Look how hot you are. You could be a Playboy Playmate.” Then she found herself in his bedroom, where, she says, Callen pushed her down on the bed and ran his hands over her body while she repeatedly told him, “No,” and, “I’m Katherine. I’m Katherine. It’s me. Please, this is not what I want to be doing right now.”
She claims Callen didn’t stop. “You’re gonna love this,” she claims he said. “We’re just going to get this out of the way. You’re going to love this. You’re going to be my girlfriend.”
According Tigerman, Callen told her after, “Aw, come on. What am I, a big bad rapist? I’m not a big bad rapist. Come on, you’re gonna be my girlfriend now. We needed to get this out of the way.”
Tigerman says she didn’t contact the police because submitting a rape kit would feel too invasive, but that she did tell her best friend and her then boyfriend, both of whom corroborated that part of Tigerman’s account to the Times.
Callen—who’s known for a recurring roles on The Goldbergs and Schooled and a slew of bit parts in movies including The Hangover and Old School—denies Tigerman’s version of that night, calling her claim of rape “demonstrably false,” and saying they had “BOTH agreed to have sex.”
Another woman, Rachel Green, was working at an American Apparel store in Pittsburg in 2009 when, she says, a Speedo-clad Callen groped her in the dressing room.
“It was one of those tight gross little things,” she told the Times. “He ran out of the fitting room to grab something, so I went in to get the clothes he’d already tried on. And then he comes in, pushes me against the wall, closes the curtains and starts kissing my neck as he asks me if I’m going to get in trouble.”
Green says she pushed Callen away, ran downstairs, and told her coworkers he’d tried to make out with her.
“I remember not really taking it seriously, which is something I have felt guilty about, frankly, for a couple of years,” one of Green’s co-workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the paper.
Callen denies ever forcing himself on a woman.
Comedian Tiffany King says she became friends with Callen on the Hollywood club circuit. In 2017, she was struggling financially in the midst of a divorce and battling for custody of her daughter when she saw Callen at the Helium Comedy Club in Pennsylvania where, crying, she says she told Callen her situation.
“He goes, ‘Are you on drugs?’” King tells the Times. “‘I don’t understand you, Tiffany. You’re a really beautiful woman. But there’s something that’s always been off about you. You need to learn how to work with what you’ve got.’” When she gave Callen and his opener, Steve Pearson, a lift back to their Airbnb, King says that Pearson got out two minutes away from the destination and that once she was alone with Callen, he allegedly asked, “How about that blowjob?”
“I’m not going to give you a blow job for stage time,” she replied.
“No,” King says Callen told her. “I’ll give you some money too.”
Two of King’s friends say she told them the story that year, while Callen denies that he ever offered to “trade stage time for sex.” Pearson insists, “We got out at the same time and went upstairs[…] He was never alone with her.”
Callen said in a statement: “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 they know, is the truth.”