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Seinfeld slammed for once dating 17-year-old girl after Duke walkout


378161 11: Former girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, Shoshanna Lonstein poses September 12, 2000 on the corner of 57 street and 5th. Ave in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison)

Jerry Seinfeld’s recent return to the spotlight has been a mixed bag. It’s garnered him positive PR for his new Netflix movie, “Unfrosted,” but he’s also become one of the high-profile celebrities at the center of national debate because of his vocal support for Israel as that country wages war on Gaza.

Seinfeld faced a student walk-out while delivering a commencement speech at Duke University last weekend, while his wife, Jessica Seinfeld, ignited controversy for bankrolling a pro-Israel counterprotest at UCLA, which preceded a violent attack on a pro-Palestinian encampment, as the Daily Beast reported.

And now, Seinfeld is being reminded of the “problematic” relationship he had with a teen-age girl in the 1990s, before he met his wife, according to another Daily Beast report.

Former girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, Shoshanna Lonstein poses September 12, 2000 on the corner of 57 street and 5th. Ave in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Liaison) 

Seinfeld’s controversial romance with Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss — who was a high school student whom he met in Central Park in 1993 when she was 17 and he was 38 — has seen renewed interest on social media, the Daily Beast said. Seinfeld and Lonstein Gruss, now a clothing designer, dated for four years, with the romance continuing as she started college at George Washington University, then transferred to UCLA, and he starred in his hit NBC sitcom, “Seinfeld.”

According to the Daily Beast, social media references to the romance have popped up in response to X posts about the Duke University walk-out, Seinfeld’s support for Israel, or photographs of him visiting a West Bank military camp with his family in 2018. Some people have accused him of “grooming” Lonstein Gruss.

Madeline Pendleton, an author, podcaster and pro-Palestinian activist, also wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “This year I’ll be turning the same age Jerry Seinfeld was when he dated that 17 year old and I’m trying to imagine how badly (expletive) up my life would have to be for ‘I’m going to pick up my girlfriend from high school’ to seem normal to me.” In response to Pendleton’s post, someone said, “When Jerry was 21 his wife wasn’t born yet.”

The Daily Beast said that Seinfeld’s representatives declined requests for comment on the renewed interest in his relationship with Lonstein Gruss. Her representatives did not return request for comment.

Back in 1994, Seinfeld characterized the relationship as serious and “proper” in an interview with People. “Shoshanna is a person, not an age,” he said. “She is extremely bright. She’s funny, sharp, very alert. We just get along. You can hear the click.” For her part, Lonstein Gruss said she just wanted to continue enjoying a “normal life and just go about being a student.”

In 1998, Seinfeld addressed the relationship after it ended – and as his hit sitcom, “Seinfeld,” was nearing its series finale, the Daily Beast said. He told Vanity Fair that he once considered marrying Lonstein Gruss.

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