Louis C.K. responds to ’masturbation’ claims
COMEDIAN Louis CK has admitted that the sexual misconduct allegations against him in the New York Times are true - and has admitted being "remorseful of his actions".
"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," he said in a statement.
"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'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 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," he said.
The statement came one day after multiple women came forward alleging Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them.
Overnight, the production company behind the comedian's new movie, I Love You, Daddy, decided not to release the film.
After the New York Times released its damning report on Thursday, The Orchard said it was reviewing the situation and would decide next steps concerning "the timing and release of the film."
The movie was scheduled to premiere in New York City on Thursday at the Paris Theatre, but the event was cancelled.
In the film, C.K. plays a TV producer trying to stop his daughter (played by Moretz) from dating a 68-year-old filmmaker played by John Malkovich.
In one scene, actor Charlie Day simulates masturbation during a conversation with C.K.'s character about another female character in the film.
It spawns a kind of crisis for Louis' character, who has his own issues with how he treats women.
Co-star Moretz had already pulled out of promoting the movie "when she was made aware of numerous possible accusations" against Louis C.K.
"I was as appalled as everyone to read the allegations made in The New York Times," Moretz told the Los Angeles Times. "I do not condone sexual misconduct and, in light of the allegations, will not be promoting the movie further."
FX Networks, home to the comedian's show Louie, also responded to the Times' report.
"We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today," FX said in a statement.
"The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our five shows produced together over the past eight years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review."
This comes one day after comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, and Rebecca Corry publicly alleged that the Emmy-winning actor pleasured himself in front of them or over the phone at some point during the past 15 years.
A fifth woman detailed similar allegations to the Times as well but was not identified.
Louis has refused to respond to the story despite the drastic impact it is having on his professional career.
He is among the latest Hollywood figures to be accused of misconduct in a wave that began when dozens of sexual harassment allegations were reported last month against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Known for his candid, warts-and-all personal humour, which often includes talk of bodily fluids and sex, Louis grew up outside Boston.
Louis, whose full name is Louis Szekely but uses 'C.K.' as a phonetic simplification, is divorced and has two teenage daughters with his ex, painter Alix Bailey.