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One day after The New York Times published a story featuring allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., the comedian has come out with a statement admitting the incidents took place.
Louis C.K. said that he was naive back when the incidents took place and didn’t realize the power he held over others.
“These stories are true,” the comedian said. “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.”
Read his full statement below:
The admission of guilt comes after The Times report , which says the comedian sexually harassed at least five women.
Among the accusers are the female comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, who told their story to the newspaper. They said that in 2002, they were invited by Louis C.K. to his hotel room to “hang out” for a nightcap after their show. As they arrived, they said Louis C.K. asked if he could “take out his penis.” They said that at first, they assumed it was a joke until he “really did it.” They claim that he took off his clothes and started masturbating in front of them.
Three other women also accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct. Comedian, writer, illustrator and performer Abby Schachner told The Times that Louis C.K. masturbated during a phone conversation with her in 2003, and comedian Rebecca Corry said he asked her if he could masturbate in front of her in 2005. A fifth woman, who spoke with anonymity, told the newspaper that Louis C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her multiple times in the 1990s.
At first, Louis C.K. and his representatives declined requests for comment about the accusations. But within about 24 hours of the story being published, he and his reps decided to come out with the above statement. It came after Louis C.K. cancelled the Thursday night premiere of his upcoming movie I Love You, Daddy, and also cancelled an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Prior to the statement, the distributor of I Love You, Daddy said it’s officially canceled the release of the film, and Netflix announced it canceled a planned special stand-up special.
Louis C.K., 50, has been active in the entertainment industry since the mid 1980s and has acted, written, produced, directed and edited numerous films throughout his career. He’s arguably best known for his stand-up routines, in which he often speaks about his personal life.