New York Post
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Another day, another tale of abuse or harassment from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars — the latest being comedian Louis C.K., who admitted he masturbated in front of multiple women.
Comedia n admits: I’m a jerk
Louis C.K. on Friday admitted to masturbating in front of female colleagues — as he was dropped by his manager, publicist, TV networks and film distributor. “These stories are true,” the comic, actor and director said in a statement issued the day after a bombshell report accused him of sexual misconduct with at least five women. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my d- -k without asking first, which is also true. “But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d- -k isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.” Thursday’s exposé by The New York Times detailed the allegations of five women who accused C.K. of sexual misconduct. Three said he masturbated in front of them and a fourth said he did so over the phone. A fifth said he asked to do so in front of her but she declined. Comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told the Times that C.K. had asked to show them his penis in a hotel room in 2002, but they said they thought he was joking and were “paralyzed” when he actually did it.
And in her account to the Times, performer Abby Schachner doesn’t mention consenting when, in a phone call, C.K. began telling her his sexual fantasies and breathing heavily.
Another woman, not identified, said she was left shaken after agreeing to C.K.’s requests to masturbate in front of her in the ’90s. Comic Rebecca Corry said C.K. asked same of her while they were working on a TV pilot in 2005, but she said no.
Thursday’s story followed years of rumors of lewd behavior by the “Louie” star, including several on Gawker in 2015 that accused him of pulling out his penis without warning.
Despite denying those rumors as recently as September, C.K. said in Friday’s statement that he has “been remorseful” about his actions but only now sees how much they hurt his victims.
“I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position,” he said.
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with”
His admission came hours after the release of his new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” was canceled by its distributor, The Orchard, on Friday.
After C.K.’s admission, his management firm and publicist dropped him. FX, which aired “Louie,” severed all ties with him, and Netflix canceled a planned comedy special.
FX issued a statement saying C.K. “will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him — ‘Better Things,’ ‘Baskets,’ ‘ One Mississippi’ and ‘The Cops.’ ”
Netflix, which had already produced one stand-up show with C.K., said, “Louis’ unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned.”
In his confession, C.K. acknowledged those “whose professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this,” including longtime manager Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment, “who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused.”
Goodman and Wolov had accused Becky of warning them to stop speaking out about C.K.’s actions — although the powerful manager, who also reps comedians Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari, told the Times that he never “threatened” the pair.
Becky is still on staff at 3 Arts, according to Variety, but the company says it is doing “a full internal review” about the situation with C.K. in addition to nixing him from its roster.
“This behavior is totally unacceptable in all circumstances and must be confronted and addressed,” the company wrote.