WASHINGTON, November 9, 2017 – Comedian Louis C.K.’s is that latest Hollywood mogul to fall. Five women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the Emmy-winning comedian.
The comedian has admitted that the “stories are true.”
Rumors have long swirled in the comedy community that Lewis would masturbate in front of women who he was working with. Lewis has expressed remorse and said he used his power “irresponsibly.” C.K. is the father of two girls; divorcing from his wife in 2008.
In the statement released by his publicist, Louis C.K. said:
“I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.
“These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.
“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.
“I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.
“I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.
“I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.
“I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.
“Thank you for reading.”
Louis C.K. ‘ s bad behavior
In August, 2017, comedian Tig Notaro told Vanity Fair she was distancing herself from C.K., a one-time collaborator, and producer on her show One Mississippi.
Her actions were due in part to his refusal to address allegations of sexual impropriety from several women.
On November 9, a New York Times article says five women accused C.K. of pressuring them to watch or listen to him masturbate. The accusers include comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov in 2002, comedian Abby Schachner in 2003, comedian Rebecca Corry in 2005, and an anonymous woman who worked on The Chris Rock Show in the late 1990s.
Projects Louis C.K. has lost
HBO cut ties with C.K. after the story broke. The Orchard, after spending more than $5 million to acquire the property, I Love You, Daddy, has canceled its release. The movie contained scenes in which a character mimed masturbation in front of other people.
Also separating itself from Lewis is FX networks:
“We are cancelling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton. He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him — Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops.”
Netflix said in an emailed statement that the allegations were “disturbing.”
“Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned,” the statement added.
“We have terminated our relationship with Louis C.K.,” 3 Arts Management said in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our staff, clients and the community at large. We are doing a full internal review regarding this situation and are taking additional steps to strengthen our processes and procedures while engaging with our staff to address any concerns about harassment or abuse of power. This behavior is totally unacceptable in all circumstances and must be confronted and addressed.”