After announcing his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Dane Cook’s Instagram account has been the subject of deep dives that appear to show scores of teenage girls attending his “game nights” over the past decade.
His party guests included Joey King and Bella Thorne when they were teenagers, but also older celebrities such as Seth Green and his wife Claire Grant.
On Wednesday, 50-year-old comedian Cook announced his engagement to 23-year-old Kelsey Taylor, with whom he has officially been in a relationship for 5 years. The two met at one of his game nights before 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 was widely discussed online, prompting some internet sleuths to dig deeper into Cook’s social media accounts for the first mention of Taylor.
Writer Tracy Egan Morrissey was one of those who had to investigate, discovering that Cook had a history of luring teenage girls to parties with friends for “game nights”.
Taylor was first tagged by Cook on October 8, 2016, when she was still 17 years old, although she would have turned 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% underage when they first started dating,” Morrissey wrote in his Instagram Stories investigation.
At the time, Cook often hosted game nights with large groups and tagged almost everyone in the photos. Previous game nights have featured a number of teenage girls.
In another post, 16-year-old Joey King can be seen at one of the game nights in a photo posted on April 16, 2016. Reddit researcher @sendschickens also looked into Cook’s parties and found that Joey’s older sister 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 Catherine McNamara were also in attendance.
the code actress Amy Forsyth also attended game nights when she was 20 years old. She also appeared on Cook’s Instagram posts regularly on and off game night.
On April 2, 2016, Bella Thorne, who was 18 at the time, attended with her then-boyfriend Greg Sulkin, who was 23 at the time.
Isabel Furman, horror movie star an orphan and its upcoming sequel Orphan: First Killalso attended a game night and pool party when she was 19 in April 2016. Actor Noah Cintineo, 19 at the time, also attended.
Going back through images from the game nights, Morrissey found that actress Emily Allyn Lind attended when she was 14. In a group photo posted on January 7, 2017, she is standing with Cook.
Then-18-year-old actress Emily Robinson also attended in April 2017, while another actress, Saxon Paige Sharbino, is seen in group photos at age 16 and in individual photos with Cook when she’s 15.
Morrissey concluded his investigation by revealing that many of the women who had previously attended Cook’s parties, including Allie Marie Evans, King, Forsyth, Sharbino and Lind, were unfollowing him on Instagram. “And he doesn’t follow any of them,” Morrissey said.
Reddit’s @sendschickens points out that there were other notable people who attended Cook’s gatherings at the time. Frequent guests included Isaac Cappy (39 at the time), controversial photographer Tyler Shields (35), British actress Anna Mulvoy Ten (25), while Seth Green and his wife Claire Grant were also regulars. Others spotted there include Monib Abhat, Vinny Faslein, David Sullivan, Carol Shiu and Richard Polman.
Newsweek has reached out directly to Cook and his reps for further comment on the story.