Comic’s apol­ogy over sex claims

Sunday Mail - - WORLD - MUR­RAY KENNEDY LOS AN­GE­LES

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.”

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