Louis C.K. may be in for a rough week if the latest reports are any indication. On Thursday, the edgy comedian-filmmaker, who once compared President Donald J. Trump to Hitler in a scathing assessment, has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women.
In an exclusive report Thursday, The New York Times writes:
After years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates, women are coming forward to describe what they experienced. Even amid the current burst of sexual misconduct accusations against powerful men, the stories about Louis C.K. stand out because he has so few equals in comedy.
According to the report, female comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov were invited to hang out with C.K after a U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002.
“And then he really did it,” Goodman told the Times, after describing how C.K. proposed that he expose himself. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
Another comedian, Abby Schachner, said that she could plainly hear C.K. masturbating as they spoke during a phone call.
Rebecca Corry, also a comedian, said that during a 2005 appearance with C.K. on a television pilot, he proposed that he masturbate in front of her, but she declined.
Courteney Cox , one of the pilot’s executive producers, confirmed the allegation. In an email to the paper, Cox said, “What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” and that she felt “outrage and shock” over it.
At the time, Corry decided to continue production, not wanting to shut down the show.
A fifth woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said that in the late ’90s, she was working in production at “The Chris Rock Show.” C.K., then a writer and producer there, asked her to watch him masturbate multiple times. She accepted.
From The Times:
“It was something that I knew was wrong,” said the woman, who described sitting in Louis C.K.’s office while he masturbated in his desk chair during a workday, other colleagues just outside the door. “I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture,” she continued. “He abused his power.” A co-worker at “The Chris Rock Show,” who also wished to remain anonymous, confirmed that the woman told him about the experience soon after it happened.
According to USA Today, C.K.’s comedic schtick is laden with stories of his sexual hang-ups and frequent talk about masturbation.
C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said the comedian would not respond to the allegations. “Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Kay wrote in an email Tuesday night, The Times reported.
Before the report even broke, C.K. was subject to its consequences. Reportedly, his new black-and-white film, “I Love you, Daddy,” was canceled early on Thursday, just before it was released. C.K.’s appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” set for Friday, was also cancelled.
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