Rumors have circulated for years, but now the New York Times has broken the story about comedian Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct with five women going on the record and sharing their stories about their experiences. The pattern is familiar between the victims, all alleging that Louis C.K. either asked or proceeded to masturbate in front of them without their consent.
All of the victims were traumatized by the encounter and some reportedly even saw their careers suffer when they spoke out as his manager Dave Becky was said to be displeased that two of the women, comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, were telling people what had happened.
Becker denies any threats were made, but the duo say they knew: “immediately that we can never even submit our material” for projects he was involved with. He represented high profile names like Kevin Hart, Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari amongst others which meant many gigs were off limits in their minds.
Those around Louis C.K. are starting to distance themselves, including Tig Notaro who said in a statement: “Sadly, I’ve come to learn that Louis C.K.’s victims are not only real, but many are actual friends of mine within the comedy community.”
The revelations in the story are likely a big reason for the cancellation of tonight’s premiere of the comedian’s new directorial effort which the reviewer for FastCompany says: “plays like an excuse for everything that allows sexual predators to thrive: open secrets, toxic masculinity, and powerful people getting the benefit of the doubt.” The film’s distributor The Orchard are said to be careful considering their options regarding the film which was supposed to be released next week.
Louis C.K. has long refused to address the allegations that have followed him, and his publicist Lewis Kay releasing the following statement today: “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” Louis C.K. has seemingly admitted culpability, reportedly reaching out to apologize to some of his victims years later according to the story. There’s also further details on this report at Jezebel who tried to crack the story five years ago.
The revelations come as Variety reports former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon has accused series creator Matthew Weiner of making a sexually charged remark to her while she worked on the series and felt “threatened and devalued” after Weiner allegedly made the remark about seeing her naked – saying the incident shook her confidence in her writing ability. Weiner has denied the allegation.