Comedian Bryan Callen, known for playing Coach Mellor on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct in a new report.
Callen, 53, is denying the claims made by multiple women.
The accusations, which span decades, surfaced in a Los Angeles Times report published Friday.
Katherine Fiore Tigerman, 44, told The Times that Callen raped her at his Los Angeles County home in 1999 after they dined at a local restaurant to celebrate an acting gig she booked.
She said they stopped at his residence after the meal to look up movie showtimes in a newspaper, and that’s when Callen started kissing her without consent before she escaped to a 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 recalled. “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 said Callen was waiting for her outside the bathroom door and compared her to a Playboy Playmate as he moved behind her and pounced.
According to Tigerman, Callen pushed her down on his mattress as she tried to fend him off by repeating her own name aloud, a technique she saw on a TV crime show.
“So I said, ‘I’m Katherine. I’m Katherine. It’s me. Please, this is not what I want to be doing right now,’” she recalled. “And he’s like, ‘You’re gonna love this. We’re just going to get this out of the way. You’re going to love this. You’re going to be my girlfriend.’”
Tigerman said she felt powerless and simply “checked out” during the assault.
Afterward, Callen noticed her tears and tried to calm her down, she said.
“Aw, come on. What am I, a big bad rapist? I’m not a big bad rapist,‘” she recalled him saying. “Come on, you’re gonna be my girlfriend now. We needed to get this out of the way.”
Tigerman’s boyfriend at the time, Rino Romano, corroborated her story to The Times, saying she was distraught and told him about the attack immediately.
“I just wanted to kill the guy,” Romano told The Times. “I tried to gently encourage her to do something about it, but she insisted it was better to put it behind her.”
Callen branded Tigerman’s allegations “demonstrably false” in a statement to The Times, saying the sex was consensual.
“Let me be very clear: I have never raped, forced myself upon any woman nor offered to trade stage time for sex. EVER,” Callen said in a statement posted Friday on Twitter.
“I will not allow the cancel culture to subvert what I know and as importantly, what these women know, is the truth,” he said.
Another accuser, Rachel Green, told The Times that Callen accosted her in 2009 while she was working as a sales clerk at an American Apparel store in Pittsburgh.
She said he emerged from a dressing room wearing only a Speedo and corned her moments later as she retrieved items he had tried on already.
“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 told the newspaper.
Comedian Tiffany King said she was driving Callen back to his Airbnb after a show in Pennsylvania in 2017 when he turned to her and said, “How about that b--- job?”
“I’m not going to give you a b--- job for stage time,” she allegedly responded.
“No, I’ll give you some money too,” Callen purportedly replied, according to King.
Callen said in his Twitter post Friday that he plans to address the allegations in an upcoming podcast.
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