The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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