Comic’s ac­cusers speak out

Sev­eral women share their sto­ries al­leg­ing the co­me­dian en­gaged in sex­ual mis­con­duct in a re­port. His film’s pre­miere is can­celed.

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Nardine Saad

Louis C.K. has been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct by sev­eral women in a pub­lished re­port.

Comic Louis C.K. is the lat­est artist to be en­snared in al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, join­ing a grow­ing list of Hol­ly­wood power play­ers in­clud­ing Har­vey We­in­stein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Rat­ner and James To­back.

Ru­mors of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior have dogged C.K., star of mul­ti­ple com­edy spe­cials and the TV show “Louie,” for years.

On Thurs­day, five women went on the record to ac­cuse the Emmy-win­ning co­me­dian of in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­ior, ac­cord­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion pub­lished in the New York Times.

Hours ahead of the re­port’s pub­li­ca­tion, Thurs­day’s New York pre­miere of C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” was can­celed as was his sched­uled ap­pear­ance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Col­bert.”

Ac­tresses and co­me­di­ans Dana Min Good­man, Ju­lia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Re­becca Corry and a fifth woman who re­mained anony­mous shared their sto­ries in the New York Times’ We­in­stein-style ex­posé. Each of the women, sev­eral of whom once looked up to C.K., al­leged in­ci­dents of him mas­tur­bat­ing — or re­quest­ing to — in front of them.

The 50-year-old C.K., real name Louis Szekely, has dis­cussed and mimed mas­tur­ba­tion in stand-up rou­tines.

C.K.’s pub­li­cist, Lewis Kay, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to The Times’ re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Nor did his man­ager, Dave Becky, or rep­re­sen­ta­tives for FX and Ama­zon, where C.K. has de­vel­oped projects.

Co­me­dian Tig No­taro, who worked with him on her Ama­zon com­edy “One Mis­sis­sippi,” has been among the few who have spo­ken out against the co­me­dian be­fore Thurs­day’s re­port. Ac­tress­co­me­dian Roseanne Barr has also de­cried C.K.’s pur­ported rep­u­ta­tion.

“There is never a place for the be­hav­ior de­tailed in these al­le­ga­tions,” the Or­chard, which is dis­tribut­ing “I Love You, Daddy,” said in an email. “As a re­sult, we are giv­ing care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion to the tim­ing and re­lease of the film and con­tin­u­ing to re­view the sit­u­a­tion.”

Chloë Grace Moretz, who stars in “I Love You, Daddy,” pulled out of all film pro­mo­tion two weeks ago “when she was made aware of nu­mer­ous pos­si­ble ac­cu­sa­tions,” the young star’s pub­li­cist told The Times.

nardine.saad@la­times.com Times staff writ­ers Libby Hill and Amy Kauf­man con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Michael Na­gle For The Times

LOUIS C.K., seen last month in New York, has can­celed a sched­uled ap­pear­ance on Stephen Col­bert’s CBS show.

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