In the wake of yesterday’s allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian, writer, actor and director Louis C.K., the release of his new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been officially cancelled by distributor The Orchard a week before it was to hit cinemas.
The New York premiere was abruptly cancelled yesterday mere hours before the New York Times story involving five women’s accusations broke. Though CK self-funded the black and white comedy, The Orchard paid $5 million at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to distribute the property and has already spent more on advertising and marketing.
C.K. has released an official statement in which he admits the accusations against him are true, here’s the statement in full below (via THR):
“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.”
Streaming giant Netflix has dropped plans for a second standup special from C.K. after his first for the company was released earlier this year and as of right now that special and four others are still available on the service. HBO has taken the more drastic measure of eliminating all Louis C.K. material, including several standup specials and the TV series “Lucky Louie” from their streaming platforms.
FX Networks and FX Productions have just released a statement saying they are “ending our association with Louis C.K.” and 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 they were producing with him – “Better Things,” “Baskets,” “One Mississippi” and “The Cops”. TBS has suspended all production on the animated “The Cops” which he co-created with Albert Brooks.
In social media postings, Louis C.K.’s management-production company 3Arts have terminated their relationship with him, and his publicist Lewis Kay is also no longer representing him.