Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women. An article published this afternoon by The New York Times details a series of allegations dating back to the late nineties, which include C.K. exposing himself to, and masturbating in front of, multiple women.
Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov allege that in 2002, C.K. invited them to his hotel room after they met at a comedy festival in Colorado. When they got to his room, the women allege, C.K. asked if he could take out his penis. When they laughed it off, Goodman told the paper, “He really did it. He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.” The women described feeling “paralyzed,” and fleeing immediately afterwards.
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Comedian Abby Schachner stated that she heard C.K. masturbating during a phone conversation with her in 2003, while he was describing his sexual fantasies to her. “I definitely wasn’t encouraging it,” she said, adding that she was dumbfounded and unsure how to end the call. A friend confirmed to The Times that Schachner told him about the incident at the time.
Comedian Rebecca Corry stated that C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her while they were co-starring in a TV pilot in 2005. When she declined, Corry said, “His face got red, and he told me he had issues.” The producers of the show in question, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, confirmed the incident to The Times.
An anonymous fifth accuser recalled an alleged encounter with C.K. from the late nineties. She stated that she was in her early twenties and working on The Chris Rock Show when C.K. repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate. “It was something that I knew was wrong,” she told The Times, though she agreed to the request at the time. “I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture,” she continued. “He abused his power.” A co-worker from the show anonymously confirmed that the accuser had told him about the incident at the time.
Through his publicist Lewis Kay, C.K. refused to respond to the allegations printed in The Times’s article. “Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Kay told the paper in an email, while both C.K. and Kay reportedly did not respond to follow-up requests for comment. Earlier today, the premiere of C.K.’s controversial new movie I Love You, Daddy was abruptly cancelled, as was his slated appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.