According to a report by The New York Times, five women have come forward to claim that they were subjected to lewd acts by one of the country’s top actor/comedians.
The story in the Times states that actor and comedian Louis C.K. exposed himself to several women, and on some occasions, pleasured himself in front of them.
As details of the allegations leaked early Thursday, a planned premiere in New York City for Louis C.K.’s new film “I Love You Daddy” was cancelled. In addition, an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s CBS late night talk show was cancelled as well.
Four women told the New York Times they witnessed or heard the comedian fondling himself, and a fifth says he asked — but she said no.
Chicago comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov say they had just gotten their big break at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. when the big-name comic asked them to hang out after the show.
But as soon as they got there, he asked them if he could take out his member. They laughed him off, thinking he was joking. He wasn’t, they said.
“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman told the Times.
“We were paralyzed.”
An unnamed woman who worked with C.K. on “The Chris Rock Show” in the ’90s says the same thing happened to her — repeatedly. She agreed at the time, but now thinks it was an abuse of power.
“I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture. He abused his power,” she said.
C.K. allegedly pulled the same stunt on comic Rebecca Corry when they were both working on a TV pilot in 2005. She declined, but the show’s the show’s executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, confirmed they were aware of what happened at the time.
His fifth accuser, performer Abby Schachner, says she called C.K. to invite him to her show in 2003 — and he started telling her about his sexual fantasies while breathing heavily.
Goodman and Wolov said they told people about what C.K. did the next day — but there was immediate “backlash.” C.K.’s powerful manager, Dave Becky, later told the duo’s own manager that they should stop talking about the incident, they say.
Rumors about the titular star of “Louie” have circulated for years.
Last year, Roseanne Bar told The Daily Beast: “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can’t tell you — I’ve heard so many stories.”
Comedian Tig Notaro earlier this year distanced herself from C.K., who was an executive producer on her TV show, saying cryptically that he needed to “handle” the allegations against him.
She now tells the Times that she knows many of his “victims.”
C.K’s publicist declined to comment on the allegations to the Times, but the comic has denied the allegations in the past.
“I don’t care about that,” he told Vulture last year. “That’s nothing to me. That’s not real.”
According to a 2016 CNN report, Louis C.K. compared Trump to Hitler.
“It was funny for a little while,” he wrote. “But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s.”
C.K. said he was “not advocating for Hillary (Clinton) or Bernie (Sanders),” and that he would indeed welcome a “good smart conservative” to take on the eventual Democratic nominee. But, he added, “Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.”
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