Chicago com­edy duo among 5 women who al­lege sex­ual mis­con­duct by co­me­dian Louis C. K.

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO Staff Reporter Con­tribut­ing: Andy Grimm Email: md­i­n­un­zio@ sun­times. com Twit­ter: @ Miri­amDiNun­zio

Two for­mer Chicago- based come­di­ennes are among five women al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct by co­me­dian Louis C. K., the New York Times re­ported on Thurs­day.

The Chicago com­edy duo Dana Min Good­man and Ju­lia Wolov re­counted a 2012 in­ci­dent in Louis C. K.’ s Aspen, Colorado, ho­tel room, dur­ing which they say C. K. asked if he could take out his pe­nis. They thought it was a joke and laughed it off.

“And then he re­ally did it,” Good­man told the Times. “He pro­ceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get com­pletely naked, and started mas­tur­bat­ing.”

A third come­di­enne, Abby Schachner, who stud­ied at Sec­ond City and Chicago’s Im­provO­lympic, told the paper about a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Louis C. K. She said that when she called C. K. to in­vite him to one of her shows, she could hear him mas­tur­bat­ing as they spoke.

Schachner said C. K. sent her an apol­ogy through a Face­book mes­sage six years later and that she for­gave him, though the in­ci­dent left her so dis­cour­aged she lost in­ter­est in pur­su­ing com­edy.

Ru­mors about the con­tent of the New York Times story had been swirling for weeks, and fall­out for the su­per­star comic was swift. Thurs­day’s New York pre­miere of “I Love You, Daddy,” a dark com­edy writ­ten, di­rected and star­ring C. K., was can­celed.

His ap­pear­ance on Thurs­day’s “Late Show with Stephen Col­bert” was can­celed, and HBO an­nounced it was cut­ting its ties, drop­ping C. K. from the lineup of an up­com­ing ben­e­fit show and re­mov­ing his spe­cials from its stream­ing ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Reporter.

FX Net­works, which has pro­duced five shows with C. K. over the last eight years, said they had not re­ceived com­plaints about the comic and that they were “troubled” by the al­le­ga­tions. “That said, the mat­ter is cur- rently un­der re­view,” a state­ment read.

Chicago Im­provO­lympic co- founder Charna Halpern, cited in the Times ex­pose, told the Sun- Times via email Thurs­day: “I’m a very noth­ing part of the story. [ I] wasn’t even there; just cor­rob­o­rated that [ Dana and Ju­lia] told me. Dana and Ju­lia are the story and they feel they did their part and are done.”

The co­me­dian, whose stand- up rou­tine


Repub­li­cans want GOP se­nate can­di­date Moore out of race if sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions are true. USA TO­DAY, Page 24 fre­quently in­cludes bits about mas­tur­ba­tion, most re­cently played Chicago in 2016, per­form­ing four nights at the Chicago The­atre. A Sun- Times re­view of the open­ing night per­for­mance stated: “In the com­edy world of the mo­ment, Louis C. K. is ba­si­cally the Bey­once, the icon­o­clast who mas­tered the main­stream and now gets to cre­ate and dis­trib­ute his art on his own terms.”

The co­me­dian’s pub­li­cist de­clined com­ment in re­sponse to ques­tions from the Times. “Louis is not go­ing to an­swer any ques­tions,” Mr. Kay wrote in an email Tues­day night to the news­pa­per.

A fourth co­me­dian, Re­becca Corry, told the Times that C. K. asked her to watch him mas­tur­bate in her dress­ing room when they were film­ing a TV pi­lot in 2005. Corry re­fused.

The fifth woman, who talked to the Times on con­di­tion of anonymity, re­called an in­ci­dent in the 1990s when she and C. K. were work­ing on “The Chris Rock Show.” The woman, who was in her early 20s at the time, said he re­peat­edly asked her to watch him mas­tur­bate.

Chicago is a com­edy mecca, and the com­edy in­dus­try is male- dom­i­nated and rife with in­stances of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, said vet­eran Chicago stand- up Reena Calm, who said she knows Corry and had been aware of ru­mors about C. K. for years.

Last year, lo­cal comics were abuzz about a se­ries of ap­par­ent drug­gings of comics — male and fe­male — at open- mic shows in the city, sto­ries that got wider at­ten­tion af­ter the Chicago Reader pub­lished a story about them, Calm re­called.

“It’s hap­pen­ing all the time in Chicago,” she said. “If you’re on the main stage at Sec­ond City, you have power, you think you can get any­one you want in that [ lo­cal com­edy scene] bub­ble. And that’s such a mi­nus­cule amount of power com­pared to Louis C. K.”



The pre­miere of the new Louis C. K. movie, “I Love You, Daddy,” was can­celed Thurs­day af­ter Louis C. K. was ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct by five women.


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