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The Goldbergs star Bryan Callen is seen for the first time amid rape and sex assault allegations

Bryan Callen has been seen in public for the first time since announcing he will be taking a ‘leave of absence’ from his podcast amid rape and sex assault allegations. 

The actor and comedian, 53, best known for his recurring role on the long-running ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, chatted on his phone and with a friend outside a home in Los Angeles Monday.

Callen has been accused by four women of sexual misconduct spanning decades and ranging from inappropriate remarks to assault. On Sunday he vehemently denied the allegations against him but said he would be taking a a ‘leave of absence’ from his podcast. 

Pictures taken Monday show the star in a grey hoodie, jeans and sneakers as he entered a home before an unidentified woman later came to the door to collect a food delivery to that address. 

He chatted on the phone before speaking with a friend walking in his dog in his slippers. Callen was not wearing a wedding ring Monday. His wife of 11 years filed for a divorce in February of this year, according to a TMZ report. 

Following the bombshell allegations Callen had released a statement to DailyMail.com through his publicist, vehemently denying all the claims of sexual misconduct against him. 

Kathryn Fiore Tigerman, 44, one-time MADtv cast member, told the Los Angeles Times that Callen raped her in his house after taking her out to dinner more than 20 years ago.

An employee at an American Apparel store named Rachel Green accused Callen of pinning her against a dressing room wall and forcibly kissing her a decade later.

Claire Ganshert, who was an aspiring actress when she met Callen in 2012 when she was 23 and working as a barista, and he was 45 and married, said she had a four-year affair with Callen, and that he told her in 2016 that women have a ‘biological, primal desire to be raped.’

 The most recent allegation comes from comedian Tiffany King, who claimed that the actor offered her stage time and money in exchange for oral sex in 2017, while she was going through a difficult divorce and struggling financially. 

The bombshell allegations against the 53-year-old comic were detailed in a Los Angeles Times article that was published on Friday morning. 

He said on Instagram Sunday: ‘When you’re in a situation like I am, you get a lot of advice from a lot of different people, and it usually falls into two different categories. They either tell you to post a statement and disappear or they say to lay low and let the news cycle pass you by. Well, for better or for worse, I’m not doing any of that. 

‘I never thought in a million years I would be sitting here defending myself against something I did not do 21 years ago.

‘I categorically and absolutely deny all the allegations against me,’ Callen said, announcing a leave of absence from his ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ podcast with former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub. 

He added: ‘I wanted you to see me say that, I didn’t want to post some stale statement. I wanted you to hear that come out of my mouth.’ 

The revelations against Callen come just weeks after his close friend and collaborator Chris D’Elia was hit with multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct involving women and girls as young as 16 years old. 

D’Elia, a comedian and actor who appeared on the NBC sitcom Undateable, denied wrongdoing, saying in a statement to TMZ that he has never ‘knowingly pursued any underage women,’ and insisted that all of his sexual relationships have been ‘both legal and consensual.’  

Tigerman told the LA Times that learning of the allegations against D’Elia gave her the courage to go public with her story involving his friend Callen, who tentatively spoke out in his defense on an episode of his podcast in mid-June, saying that he has never seen D’Elia engage in illegal activity.   

Callen said Sunday he believes in the #MeToo movement because it is ‘one of the most important movements of my lifetime’. 

But he added: ‘But I also believe in due process, and we live in a very strange time where anybody can make an allegation against you and you are guilty until proven innocent.

‘It’s just a fact that social media and the press alone can act as judge, jury and executioner… [so] when something like this happens, this is pretty much the only way you can defend yourself. 

‘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.’

Fellow comedian Amy Schumer weighed in on the disturbing allegations on Instagram and expressed her support for Callen’s accusers. 

‘Thank you to the brave women coming forward and sharing their stories,’ Schumer wrote. 

‘You are saving the women who may have come after you. And to the comics who are annoyed with me for standing with these ladies what are you so afraid of? 

‘Available on my number in my bio if anyone wants to talk about Bryan or any one else who has sexually assaulted you. @bryancallen have a nice day.’ 

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