After Dane Cook announced his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Dane Cook’s Instagram account became the subject of deep dives, which appear to feature several teenage girls who have attended his “game nights” over the past decade.
His guests at his parties have included Joey King and Bella Thorne as teenagers, but also older celebrities such as Seth Green and his wife Clare Grant.
On Wednesday Comedian Cook, 50, announced his engagement to Kelsi Taylor, 23, with whom he has officially been in a relationship for 5 years. The couple met on one of their game nights prior to their relationship, leading to speculation as to when and exactly how old Taylor was when they first met.
The topic of the couple’s engagement and relationship has been widely discussed online, leading some internet sleuths to delve deeper into Cook’s social media accounts to mention Taylor for the first time.
Writer Tracie Egan Morrissey was one of those who did some research and found that Cook had invited teenage girls to “game night” parties with friends in the past.
Taylor was first tagged by Cook on October 8, 2016 when she was still 17, although she would turn 18 later that month. In a 2019 Instagram Live, 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 hanging out,” Morrissey wrote in her Instagram Stories investigation.
Around this time, Cook often hosted game nights with large groups, tagging almost everyone in the pictures. Previous game nights have featured a number of teenage girls.
In another post, a 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 at Cook’s parties and found that Joey’s older sister, Hunter King, who is five years her senior, also attended some game nights. They also pointed out that mutual friends and actors Kevin Miles, Amy Forsyth and Katherine McNamara were also in attendance.
coda Actress Amy Forsyth also attended game nights when she was 20 years old. She was also a regular feature of Cook’s Instagram posts outside of game nights.
As early as April 2, 2016, the then 18-year-old Bella Thorne was present with her then-boyfriend Gregg Sulkin, who was 23 at the time.
Isabelle Fuhrman, star of the horror film Orphaned and its upcoming sequel Orphan: First killShe also attended a game night and pool party in April 2016 when she was 19. Actor Noah Cintineo, then 19, was also there.
Morrissey went through the images from game nights and found that actress Emily Alyn Lind, aged 14, was in attendance. In the group photo published on January 7, 2017, she stands next to Cook.
Actress Emily Robinson, then 18, also participated in April 2017, while another actress, Saxon Paige Sharbino, can be seen in group shots at 16 and in solo shots with Cook at 15.
Morrissey ended her 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 indicates that there were other notable people attending Cook’s gatherings at the time. Frequent guests included Isaac Kappy (then 39), 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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