Comic ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Kennedy CELEBRI­TIES

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.”

Louis C.K.

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