YES, I ACTED LIKE A COMPLETE DICK
COMEDIAN Louis CK has admitted sexual misconduct allegations made against him by several female comics are true, declaring he is “remorseful of his actions”.
The stand-up comic released a lengthy statement a day after multiple women came forward alleging he had masturbated in front of them.
With Hollywood in damage control after a string of revelations involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, star actor Kevin Spacey and several other big names, the reaction to the allegations against Louis CK was swift.
Internet video streaming service Netflix declared it had cancelled production of a second stand-up special by the comedian, commissioned after the success of the first.
FX Networks, home to the show Louie, said it was investigating the allegations, while the production company behind the comedian’s new movie I Love You, Daddy has decided not to release the film.
“These stories are true,” Louis CK said in a statement. “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.”
He went on to say he was aware of the impact his actions had on the women involved.
“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,” he said. “I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story.”
US comedian Louis CK.