Comic’s apology over sex claims
COMEDIAN Louis C.K. has admitted that the sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, saying: “I am remorseful for my 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 d--k without asking first, which is also true,” the six-time Emmy Awards winner (pictured) said in a less-than-convincing apology yesterday.
“But what I learned later in life is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d--k 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.
“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.
“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.” C.K. – born Louis Szekely – said it would also be “remiss” to ignore the lives of those working on current projects with him including Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You, Daddy.
In the wake of the revelations, the production company behind I Love You, Daddy has decided not to release the film in which C.K. plays a TV producer trying to stop his daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) from dating a 68-year-old filmmaker (John Malkovich).
The statement came a day after multiple women – comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov and Rebecca Corry – came forward alleging he had masturbated in front of them or during conversations over the phone without their consent. He is among the latest Hollywood figures 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 humour, C.K. is divorced and has two teenage daughters.
Meanwhile, Top Gun and ER actor Anthony Edwards has claimed he was molested when he was 12 by director and producer Gary Goddard. In a Twitter post, Edwards said he had been in therapy for years over the assault.
Lawyer Alan Grodin said Goddard was “out of the country and will have a response shortly”. DONALD Trump and Vladimir Putin have shaken hands at the APEC summit in Vietnam, amid earlier reports that they would be keeping their distance.
The two leaders exchanged handshakes, inset, just moments before a photo shoot in the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang. The US President’s tenure has been dogged by allegations that his election officials colluded with Russia to help him get into the White House.
Mr Trump said yesterday he was reas- sured by Mr Putin that “he didn’t meddle” in US elections that propelled the billionaire former reality star to the White House.
“He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election,” Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One, adding: “I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.” Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s wife, Melania, above, spent yesterday visiting the Great Wall of China. “This is beautiful,” she said. “This is amazing.”