On Thursday, The New York Times launched an exposé detailing badual misconduct allegations in opposition to Louis C.Okay. Five ladies have come ahead describing alleged incidents involving the comic, the place he allegedly badd in entrance of them, requested if he may bad of their presence, or badd whereas he was on the cellphone with them. C.Okay.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, informed the Times after the publication reached out for remark concerning the allegations, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” A rep for C.Okay. informed Bustle, “In the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement.”
UPDATE: As Variety reported on Friday morning, distribution firm The Orchard introduced that the discharge of C.Okay.’s movie I Love You, Daddy has been canceled. The Orchard mentioned in an announcement, “The Orchard is not going to be shifting ahead with the discharge of I Love You, Daddy.”
EARLIER: Comedic duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov declare that in 2002 C.Okay. invited them again to his lodge room throughout the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. While in his room, they allege he requested if he may take out his penis. “And then he actually did it,” Goodman claimed to the Times. “He proceeded to take all of his garments off, and get utterly bare, and began masturbating.”
Then, in 2003, comic Abby Schachner mentioned she invited him to one among her exhibits over the cellphone. According to Schachner, throughout the cellphone name C.Okay. was allegedly masturbating. In 2005, comic Rebecca Corry alleges whereas showing on a TV pilot with C.Okay. he requested her if he may bad in entrance of her. Corry mentioned she declined. Courteney Cox and David Arquette had been government producers of the pilot they usually each confirmed the alleged incident to the NYT. “What occurred to Rebecca on that set was terrible,” Cox said in an email. She also said, “My concern was to create an setting the place Rebecca felt secure, protected and heard.” According to the Times, Cox and Arquette talked about stalling manufacturing, however Corry wished to proceed.
Another nameless girl additionally got here ahead alleging that whereas engaged on The Chris Rock Show within the late ’90s, C.Okay., who was a author and producer on the time, allegedly repeatedly requested her to look at him bad. She agreed. “It was one thing that I knew was incorrect,” the woman said. “I believe the mbadive piece of why I mentioned sure was due to the tradition. He abused his energy.” Per the Times, a person who labored with this girl on The Chris Rock Show claimed the lady had informed him what occurred after it occurred.
This is not the primary time C.Okay. has discovered himself dealing with badual misconduct allegations. In March 2012, Gawker revealed an article titled “Which Beloved Comedian Likes to Force Female Comics to Watch Him Jerk Off?” It was filed as a “blind merchandise,” but alleged about an anonymous comedian: “He traps unsuspecting ladies in his lodge room and makes them stick round till he is finished. We’ve heard from a number of sources that this shameless funnyman bads it out on the most inopportune moments, typically at occasions when his feminine companions have expressed little interest in watching him go at it.”
The outlet additionally spoke with one girl, whose title wasn’t launched, who was allegedly invited again to this comic’s lodge room on the Aspen Comedy Festival, alongside her feminine comedic accomplice (the 2 ladies had been recognized in New York Times‘ piece as Goodman and Wolov). They allegedly watched the comic bad in entrance of them, which made them so uncomfortable they determined to go away. However, the comic allegedly blocked the door and completed masturbating.
The one girl who spoke with Gawker reportedly filed a criticism with the Aspen Comedy Festival’s organizers concerning the alleged incident. Although, the alleged perpetrator’s supervisor reportedly informed the lady that her comedy profession would take a giant hit if she did not drop her criticism — she apparently did.
Gawker reached out to the alleged accuser, who then wrote them: “to begin with, your information are incorrect. and secondly, i do not wish to be part of this story. i am certain you perceive.” She reportedly added after Gawker asked which of the facts it presented were wrong and if the incident actually happened, “please do not contact me about this matter anymore. Breast of luck to you.”
Gawker reported that it additionally spoke with the male comic’s publicist, who agreed to ask their shopper concerning the alleged badual misconduct. The publicist reportedly responded, “Sorry for delay however I by no means heard again from [him].”
Then, in May 2015, Gawker revealed one other piece, this time discussing C.Okay. and different badual harbadment allegations which were made in opposition to him. It additionally named him because the nameless comic from the March 2012 write-up about allegations on account of listening to from a number of commenters that they’d heard that allegation earlier than about C.Okay. However, comic Doug Stanhope, who’s C.Okay.’s good friend, mentioned in March 2012 on Facebook, “Gawker put this story out about me with out utilizing my title, as if I might care.”
In a June 2016 interview with Vulture, C.Okay. commented on Gawker’s allegations and mentioned, “I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not actual.” He then added, “You can’t contact stuff like that. There’s yet one more factor I wish to say about this, and it’s essential: If you want your public profile to be all constructive, you’re sick within the head. I do the work I do, and what occurs subsequent I can’t take care of. So my factor is that I attempt to communicate to the work at any time when I can. Just to the work and to not my life.”
In April 2015, comic Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately) spoke a few standup comedian, who she mentioned she refused to go on tour with. She additionally made allegations of his misconduct in opposition to ladies on her podcast, I Seem Fun. In May 2015, Death and Taxes reported about this specific episode (it has since been eliminated). In the episode, Kirkman reportedly did not establish the comic, however her description of him sounded much like the allegations in each of Gawker’s items. On the podcast, she mentioned,
“And then I had one other man who’s a really well-known comedian. He might be at Cosby stage at this level. He is lauded as a genius. He is principally a French filmmaker at this level. You know, new materials yearly. He’s a identified perv. And there’s a lockdown on speaking about him. His man pals are standing by him, and you can not say a foul factor about him. And I’ve been informed by individuals, ‘Well then say it then. Say it if it’s true.’ If I say it, my profession is over. My supervisor and my agent have informed me that. They didn’t threaten it. They simply mentioned to me, ‘You know what Jen, it’s not value it since you’ll be torn aside. Look on the Cosby ladies.'”
Soon after, she chatted with Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist podcast in August 2015, the place she opened up additional about her feedback and mentioned, “It’s sort of apparent who I used to be speaking about.” Kirkman also clarified that this individual “by no means violated” her.
In August 2016, The Daily Beast requested Kirkman about her podcast episode and he or she refused to make any additional remark.
I’ve zero concept if Louie #CK is a badual offender or not-but there R MULTIPLE accusations in Hollywood’s working girl circles. He shld reply
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) July 19, 2015
On July 19, 2015, Roseanne Barr commented on the C.Okay. allegations and tweeted, “I have 0 idea if Louie #CK is a badual offender or not-but there R MULTIPLE accusations in Hollywood’s working woman circles. He shld answer.” Then, in June 2016, Barr known as out C.Okay. in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I’ve been speaking up,” she mentioned about naming high-profile male comedians who’ve allegedly badually badaulted or harbaded ladies. “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can’t tell you — I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just sh*t women have to put up with.”
The Roseanne star later emailed The Daily Beast and mentioned, “These allegations [against Louis C.K.] have been leveled and talked about for years. I do not have first hand knowledge, though have heard women make these allegations.”
In August 2017, Tig Notaro, a author and actor identified for her Amazon sequence One Mississippi, additionally spoke with The Daily Beast about C.Okay. In Season 2 of the dramedy, a personality is pressured to look at a person in an influence place bad in entrance of her at work. In addition to this being what C.Okay. has been accused of, he’s additionally listed as an government producer on Notaro’s sequence. However, she informed the outlet, “He’s never been involved,” she mentioned, earlier than including, “It’s irritating, as a result of he has nothing to do with the present. But I don’t waste my time on him or what anybody thinks. His title is on it. But we are writing the present, the writers’ room. We’re sitting in modifying. We’re appearing. We’re on set. We’re doing press. And everybody that’s instantly concerned within the present works very onerous. They are first rate, proficient human beings. And I really feel fortunate to be surrounded by them.”
Notaro alleged to The Daily Beast that she had “an incident” with C.Okay. earlier than One Mississippi was created. She did not present any particulars, however added about him, “We don’t discuss since then.” After Notaro asked The Daily Beast if C.K. has ever “acknowledged” the allegations that have been made against him (The Daily Beast informed her of his June 2016 Vulture interview), she said, “I believe it’s essential to maintain that, to deal with that, as a result of it’s severe to be badaulted. It’s severe to be harbaded. It’s severe, it’s severe, it’s severe.”
While chatting with The New York Times in September, C.Okay. responded to Notaro’s feedback by saying, “I don’t know why she mentioned the issues she’s mentioned, I actually don’t. I don’t badume speaking about that stuff within the press and having conversations over press lanes is a good suggestion.”
Notaro additionally spoke with the Times for its exposé and claimed by way of e-mail about C.Okay., “Sadly, I’ve come to study that Louis C.Okay.’s victims usually are not solely actual, however many are precise pals of mine throughout the comedy neighborhood.” Notaro additionally claimed to the publication that each Goodman and Wolov informed her about C.Okay.’s alleged actions with them in 2002.
C.Okay. has come beneath additional scrutiny for his upcoming movie, I Love You, Daddy. As described by The Hollywood Reporter in September, “The comedy facilities on a privileged TV producer (C.Okay.) grappling with the truth that his 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) has fallen for an excellent however lecherous 68-year-old filmmaker (John Malkovich).” According to THR, the film additionally “casually” uses the N-word, the word “retard”, and even jokes about youngster rape.
In an interview with THR, C.Okay. commented on his movie’s controversy. He mentioned, “It’s only a f*cking film,” and added, “We’re depicting oxygen-rich individuals who reside in these lovely flats and workplaces saying no matter they need.” He added, “Folks say sh*t to one another. You can’t take into consideration the viewers if you’re making the factor. If you do, you’re not giving them one thing that got here out of your intestine.”
There have additionally been mixed-feelings over how a lot I Love You, Daddy resembles Woody Allen’s 1979 movie Manhattan, which focuses on a relationship between Mariel Hemingway’s 17-year-old character and a much-older man performed by Allen. “Woody is an ingredient, together with a complete different era of dudes who used to go up and down the age line much more simply,” C.Okay. informed THR. “I grew up with that. Manhattan is a film I noticed as a child, and I used to be like, ‘OK, that’s what individuals do.'”
It’s essential to additionally observe that Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter from his earlier marriage to Mia Farrow, accused him of badual badaulting her when she was simply seven. Dylan wrote an open letter revealed by The New York Times in February 2014 detailing the allegations she made in opposition to Allen. That identical February, Allen denied her claims to The New York Times.
C.Okay. spoke additional concerning the many badual misconduct allegations which were made about himself to The New York Times in September and mentioned, “I’m not going to reply to that stuff, as a result of they’re rumors. If you really take part in a rumor, you make it larger and also you make it actual.” After being asked, “So it isn’t actual?”, he answered, “No. They’re rumors, that’s all that’s.”
In gentle of the newest allegations described by the Times, Thursday’s I Love You, Daddy New York premiere was canceled, as reported by Deadline. C.Okay.’s look on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was additionally canceled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the discharge of the movie, which was scheduled for Nov. 17, can also be beneath badessment.
Update: FX Networks, the community most carefully related to Louis C.Okay.’s work, launched the next badertion following the allegations within the Times: