After announcing his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Dane Cook’s Instagram account has been the subject of deep dives that appear to show several teenage girls attending his “game nights” over the past decade.
His guests at his parties included Joey King and Bella Thorne when they were teenagers, as well as older celebrities such as Seth Green and his wife Clare Grant.
Comedian Cook, 50, announced his engagement to Kelsi Taylor, 23, with whom he has officially been in a five-year relationship, on Wednesday. The two met at one of his game nights prior to their relationship, leading to speculation as to exactly when and how old Taylor was when they first met.
The topic of the couple’s engagement and relationship has been widely discussed online, prompting some internet researchers to dig deeper into Cook’s social media accounts for the first mention of Taylor.
Writer Tracie Egan Morrissey was one of those who investigated, discovering that Cook has a history of having teenage girls at “game night” parties with friends.
Taylor was first tagged by Cook on October 8, 2016, when she was still 17 years old, although she would turn 18 later that month. Speaking on Instagram Live in 2019, Cook confirmed that he first met Taylor at one of his game nights. They became “Instagram official” as a couple in April 2017.
“She was 100% younger when they started dating,” Morrissey wrote in her investigative Instagram Stories.
During this time, Cook often hosted game nights with large groups and tagged almost everyone in the pictures. Previous game nights had a number of teenage girls in attendance.
In another post, 16-year-old Joey King can be seen at one of the game nights in a picture posted on April 16, 2016. Reddit investigator @sendschickens also looked into Cook’s parties and found that the older sister Joey’s big brother, Hunter King, who is five years her senior, also attended some of the game nights. They also pointed out that mutual friends and actors Kevin Miles, Amy Forsyth and Katherine McNamara were also in attendance.
The queue Actress Amy Forsyth also attended game nights when she was in her 20s. She also appeared in Cook’s Instagram posts regularly and away from game night.
On April 2, 2016, Bella Thorne, who was 18 at the time, attended with her then-boyfriend Gregg Sulkin, who was 23 at the time.
Isabelle Fuhrman, horror movie star Orphan and its next sequel Orphan: The first killshe also attended a game night and pool party when she was 19 in April 2016. Also in attendance was actor Noah Cintineo, 19 at the time.
Returning to the footage of the game nights, Morrissey discovered that actress Emily Alyn Lind attended at the age of 14. In the group photo posted on January 7, 2017, she is with Cook.
Actress Emily Robinson, 18, also took part in April 2017, while another actress, Saxon Paige Sharbino, is seen in group photos at 16 and individual photos with Cook when she was 15.
Morrissey concluded his investigation by revealing that many of the women who previously attended Cook’s parties, including Allie Marie Evans, King, Forsyth, Sharbino and Lind, do not follow him on Instagram. “And he doesn’t follow any of them,” Morrissey said.
Reddit’s @sendschickens points out that there were other notables attending Cook’s gatherings at this time. Frequent guests included Isaac Kappy (39 at the time), controversial photographer Tyler Shields (35) British actress Ana Mulvoy Ten (25), while Seth Green and his wife Clare Grant were also regulars. Others spotted there include Monib Abhat, Vinny Fasline, David Sullivan, Carol Shiu and Richard Pollman.
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