Comic accused of sexual misconduct.
NEW YORK » Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexualmisconduct toward several women, including masturbating in front of them to their horror and embarrassment, according to a report in The New York Times.
Comed ians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov and 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 fifth woman detailed her allegations against C.K. to the paper but was not identified.
A publicist and a lawyer 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. Schachner, who claims she heard C.K. masturbating on the phone in 2003, declined comment to the AP and representatives for the other three named women did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
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. Cindy Guagenti, Arquette’s representative, told The AP her client had nothing more to add.
In anticipation of the report, the New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled Thursday night and C.K.’s scheduled Thursday appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” also was scrapped. The small distribution company handling the release of “I Love You, Daddy” said it is reviewing the situation and giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film.
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, warts-and-all personal humor, which often includes bodily fluids and sex, C.K. grew up outside Boston. He performed stand- up sets in New York and eventually landed a writing gig on Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.”