Five women say Louis C.K. subjected them to sexual misconduct, making public rumors that have followed one of the country’s most popular comedians for the past several years.
In interviews with the New York Times, comedic duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Woloy said they were invited to C.K.’s hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002. Once they arrived in his room, C.K. asked if he could take out his penis, shed all of his clothing, and began to masturbate. The two said they fled the room after he ejaculated.
In 2003, Abby Schachner saidC.K. masturbated while they had a phone conversation, and in 2005, another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said he asked if he could masturbate in front of her. Corry said she said no.
Another female comedian, who spoke to the newspaper anonymously, said C.K. repeatedly asked to masturbate in front of her when they worked together at the Chris Rock Show in the late 1990s. She said she acquiesced to his request, and he masturbated in front of her in his office during the workday.
“It was something that I knew was wrong,” she said. “I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture. He abused his power.”
When asked for comment, Lewis Kay, C.K.’s publicist, said, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.”
Last August, comedian Tig Notaro said C.K. needed to address his sexual misconduct issues.
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Earlier on Thursday, the premiere of C.K.’s new controversial film, I Love You Daddy, was abruptly canceled, because of “unexpected circumstances.” A character in that film mimics masturbating in front of other people. His scheduled Thursday night appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was also canceled.
Read the entire New York Times report here.