People.com Entertainment TV Jeff Ross Denies Raping Underage Girl, Says 'Dangerous Environment' at Comedy Clubs Is 'Real' "Let me be clear, these disgusting allegations asserted against me are absolutely not true," said the comedian By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 24, 2020 03:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Jeff Ross. Photo: GP/Star Max/GC Images Jeff Ross is denying allegations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor. On Monday, the comedian and Dancing with the Stars alum, 54, issued a statement on Twitter in response to resurfaced accusations that he pursued a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl starting in 1999. Ross said "this story is old news." "It's taken a lot of discipline for me not to respond until now because I believe this is a mental health issue — and I support people when they are hurting," he wrote. "But let me be clear, these disgusting allegations asserted against me are absolutely not true. I have never engaged in any sexual relationship with a minor." Ross' accuser came forward with her story in an October 2019 Facebook post, alleging that the actor raped her while she was asleep. "I have only just recently realized just how f----d up this all is, and was - I seriously do not want any predator to ever get away with stuff like this," reads the post. Amy Schumer Supports Sexual Assault Survivors After Chris D’Elia Accusations: ‘I’m Here to Talk’ In his statement this week, Ross claimed that his accuser and her husband "have been harassing me for years," and that he plans to "take legal action based on these untrue horrific allegations." "... No one, no matter how sick they are, should be allowed to continue to try and benefit from false stories while attempting to destroy others," Ross wrote. "I'm proud of my reputation — not just as a comedian but as a human being and an ally to women." The accuser — who did not share her name publicly — did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Michael Kovac/Getty Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Ross continued in his social media post, however, to state that the culture surrounding comedians that is currently being called out by victims "is real." He added that he supports reforming the comedy environment to be less predatory. Camila Mendes Defends Riverdale Costars Against Apparently Fabricated Assault Allegations "The dangerous environment currently being exposed at the comedy clubs is real. I wholeheartedly support change, and vow to do more to make my community safer for everyone," he wrote. "Although this accusation is false," he continued, "I want there to be no doubt of my commitment to victims of sexual assault. Love and respect, Jeff Ross." RELATED VIDEO: Justin Bieber Refutes Sexual Assault Allegation: 'Sexual Abuse Is Something I Don't Take Lightly' If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to online.rainn.org.