Amy Schumer Condemns Former Writer Kurt Metzger Over Rape Comments: 'His Words Are Not Mine'
Amy Schumer found herself entangled in a sexual assault scandal that has quickly taken the comedy scene by storm.
On Wednesday (Aug. 17), the Inside Amy Schumer star blocked Twitter users who tweeted her about former writer Kurt Metzger and said she was "saddened and disappointed" by his recent misogynistic comments.
Though she referred to him as her friend, she clarified that he no longer works for her, stressing, "His words are not mine."
Schumer's tweets came in response to users who were asking her why she would employ a man like Metzger given his recent rants that mock women for calling out alleged rapists.
I am so saddened and disappointed in Kurt Metzger. He is my friend and a great writer and I couldn't be more against his recent actions.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Over the weekend, Metzger unleashed a series of Facebook and Twitter posts over NYC comedian Aaron Glaser, an Upright Citizens Brigade performer who was allegedly banned from the famed improv theatre after multiple women alleged that he had raped them.
Kurt does not work for me. He is not a writer on my show. Please stop asking me about it. His words are not mine.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 17, 2016
Glaser responded in a since-deleted Facebook post after his alleged actions circulated via a private Facebook group for female comedians on Saturday.
"Recently, one or more women accused me of sexual misconduct, specifically that I raped them," he wrote. "I know these are serious accusations, and I know they are untrue."
Adding that the information is "the result of internet vigilantes taking a third-rail issue into their own hands," Glaser said he has now been banned from additional comedy clubs and has been shunned as a performer. He added that he is appealing UCB's decision.
Metzger quickly came to Glaser's defense on Saturday and has been posting and sharing stories covering the saga in a steady stream on his social media.
Hey I know the cops aren't always helpful and that rapists often don't get convicted. Still call the cops FIRST. Then...Posted by Kurt Metzger on Saturday, August 13, 2016
If you are raped by Bill Cosby you and you didn't go to the cops I get it. You were scared etc etc. I give you credit....Posted by Kurt Metzger on Saturday, August 13, 2016
Wow! Well tonight on Race Wars we'll get into it. Let me once again clarify my rantings, since my punishment the mob is...Posted by Kurt Metzger on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Metzger has been called out for his misogynistic comments in the past. After saying he was "pro-rape" in a previous interview, among other things, two female writers accused him of an online harassment campaign.
On Wednesday, he said he will address the issue on his podcast, Race Wars.
According to IMDB, Metzger is listed as a writer on the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer, including the season finale.
Schumer, Comedy Central and UCB did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
See the deleted posts from Glaser, who hosted a monthly stand-up show at UCB, below.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.