Yet another Hollywood figure is being accused by multiple women in a New York Times expos├â┬⌐.
This time, it’s comedian and filmmaker Louis C.K.
But in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, women are becoming less afraid to speak out. Now five have come forward to the Times with stories of Louis’ sexual misconduct.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov say C.K. invited them to his hotel room for a nightcap after their performance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2002.
They didn’t think anything of the invitation as he was a respected comedian even back then, and they had one another there. But they say Louis immediately asked if he could take out his penis as soon as they sat down. Goodman recalls:
“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
Goodman and Wolov say they told others about the incident at the time but got wind that his manager was upset they were speaking out; fearing career damage they stopped.
Comedian Abby Schachner says C.K. masturbated during a phone conversation with her in 2003. Louis apparently came close to admitting his behavior in a 2009 Facebook message, reviewed by the Times, in which he wrote to Schachner:
“Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion. That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry… I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did.”
Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, says C.K. actually asked her to masturbate in front of her during the filming of a 2005 television pilot, which she angrily declined. David Arquette and Courteney Cox, exec producers on the show, confirmed the story.
Corry tells the Times she too got an apology, in the form of a phone call in 2015 in which Louis excused his behavior by saying:
“‘I used to misread people back then.'”
Corry also says the details in his apology were wrong, that he thought he had shoved her into a bathroom. It was enough to make her believe C.K. was confusing her with yet another woman he had assaulted.
The fifth woman, who wished to remain anonymous, worked at The Chris Rock Show where C.K. was a writer and producer. She says he asked her over and over if he could masturbate in front of her, and eventually she agreed. A coworker at the time confirmed her story.
Tig Notaro, who has been the loudest voice regarding the allegations, spoke to the Times, confirming that a recent storyline about sexual assault on her show One Mississippi is indeed a fictionalized version of stories surrounding Louis, who is listed as an exec producer on the Amazon hit. The comics used to be friends until Tig learned the rumors were apparently true:
“Sadly, I’ve come to learn that Louis C.K.’s victims are not only real, but many are actual friends of mine within the comedy community.”
You can find all these brave women’s stories HERE.
With all the stories swirling through the years, we can’t imagine these will be the only women to come forward.
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