Louis C.K. ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD - Mark Kennedy

• Co­me­dian Louis C.K. has been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct to­ward sev­eral women, in­clud­ing mas­tur­bat­ing in front of them to their hor­ror and em­bar­rass­ment, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The New York Times.

Five women — in­clud­ing co­me­di­ans Dana Min Good­man, Abby Schachner, Ju­lia Wolov, Re­becca Corry — al­lege the Emmy-win­ning star of FX’s Louie ei­ther plea­sured him­self in front of them, asked to do it or did so over the phone.

A pub­li­cist for C. K. did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to com­ment from The As­so­ci­ated Press. An­other pub­li­cist told the Times the co­me­dian would not re­spond to their re­port­ing.

Corry al­leges the co­me­dian, while she was work­ing on a TV pi­lot in 2005, asked “if we could go to my dress­ing room so he could mas­tur­bate in front of me.” She de­clined “and he told me he had is­sues.” The show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, Courteney Cox and David Ar­quette, con­firmed Corry’s ac­count to the Times.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the re­port, the New York pre­mière of Louis C. K.’s con­tro­ver­sial new film I Love You, Daddy was can­celled on Thurs­day night and C. K.’s sched­uled Fri­day ap­pear­ance on The Late Show With Stephen Col­bert has also been scrapped.

C. K. 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 per­sonal hu­mour, which of­ten in­cludes bodily flu­ids and sex, C. K. grew up out­side Bos­ton. He per­formed standup sets in New York and landed writ­ing gigs on Co­nan O’Brien’s Late Night and David Let­ter­man’s Late Show. He went on to be­come head writer of The Dana Car­vey Show from 1995-96 and con­trib­uted to the an­i­mated TV Fun­house vi­gnettes on Satur­day Night Live.

His new film, I Love You, Daddy, had i ts pre­mière this sum­mer at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. C. K., who co- starred in Woody Allen’s Blue Jas­mine, said he and co-writer Ver­non Chat­man wanted to make a movie about beloved artists who are trailed by mur­murs of scan­dal.

Some also see the film as C. K.’s re­sponse to his own con­tro­ver­sies.

In the film, C. K. plays a suc­cess­ful TV pro­ducer whose 17- year- old daugh­ter be­gins a re­la­tion­ship with an older direc­tor. It spawns a kind of cri­sis for C.K.’s char­ac­ter, who has his own is­sues with how he treats women.

Louis C.K.

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