Marc Maron has spoken out about his longtime pal Louis C.Okay. after the comic admitted on Friday that he had badually harbaded a number of girls.
On Monday’s installment of his WTF podcast, Maron — who’s shut with C.Okay. and has appeared on his FX present, Louie — addressed the bombshell New York Times report printed Thursday, wherein 5 girls got here ahead about previous experiences with C.Okay., 50, when the comic badd in entrance of them, requested if he may bad in entrance of them or was heard masturbating whereas talking on the cellphone. In a press release on Friday, C.Okay. confirmed the allegations “are true.”
Maron, 54, known as C.Okay.’s badual misconduct “some vile, inappropriate, hurtful, damaging, selfish s— … some awful behavior.”
“He’s my friend and it’s a difficult position to be in, because I certainly can’t condone anything he did,” he mentioned. “There’s no way to justify it, there’s no way to defend it, there’s no way to apologize for him about it. There’s no way to let him off the hook, but there’s a lot of concern about who knew what when — [people are saying,] ‘How’d you guys let this happen? Everybody knew this, everybody knew that, everybody was in on it.’ ”
“That’s not true,” he continued. “Sadly, I knew what most people knew — there was a story [about C.K.] out there, going back several years, and there were unnamed people in the story. It took place in a hotel room in Aspen. It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times, and I would ask him about it.”
Maron mentioned he requested C.Okay. concerning the blind merchandise on the time, however that C.Okay. denied it had ever occurred. (In the Times‘ report, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov mentioned that whereas with C.Okay. in his lodge room after their present on the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2002, he “proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”)
“I would say, ‘This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?’ ” mentioned Maron. “He goes, ‘No, it’s not true. It’s not real. It’s a rumor.’ And I would say, ‘Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it?’ He goes, ‘No, I can’t do that. It’ll give it life, it’ll give it air.’ And that was the conversation.”
Maron mentioned he wasn’t conscious of some other incidents of badual misconduct involving his pal, however he admitted that bigger institutional issues on the earth of comedy made it troublesome for girls to come back ahead.
“Female comics have been hearing about this stuff for a while, and there was no place where they could go with that information,” he mentioned. “I know some of them.”
Maron mentioned he is aware of Rebecca Corry, who informed the Times that C.Okay. requested if he may bad in entrance of her whereas filming a TV pilot in 2005.
“I know Rebecca Corry, and she couldn’t tell me about this,” he mentioned. “There was no place for them to go with these stories where they felt safe to tell them, and it’s f—ing sad.”
“I want to believe women, but in this particular instance, there was no one named in that [blind] story,” he continued. “There was no place for women to go tell this story. There was no women attached to it. I didn’t know their names until Friday. So I believed my friend.”
Maron mentioned society’s “implicit and malignant age-old power dynamic” enabled the “dismissiveness” of C.Okay.’s misconduct.
“The work environment, the social environment makes it difficult for people to come forward and be heard, to be listened to, to be believed and for action to be taken around that,” he mentioned. “It is pushed aside, it is dismissed, it is framed as an annoyance or an embarrbadment, it is used against people, it is used as a threat — that is the structure that exists in life.”
“When you talk about comedy, that world is a goddamn free-for-all,” he continued. “It’s a Wild West show. Is it a boys club? Yeah, I guess it is.”
“When you start to drift, as a man, into that zone of, ‘I don’t see what the big deal is. I just jerked off in front of them, or jerked off on a phone. They could have left, they could have done this, they could have done that. He asked. It’s not illegal,’ — yeah, but it’s gross,” mentioned Maron. “It’s creepy. It’s mbadively inappropriate. It’s potentially traumatizing.”
Maron went on to conclude that regardless of C.Okay.’s actions, he needs to consider that individuals can change for the higher.
“Look, everybody has made mistakes,” he mentioned. “Everybody has minor or major transgressions in their life, and I believe that everybody is capable of change — I have to believe that. If you don’t feel like you’re changing quick enough, you can behave. You can know enough to behave, and then maybe you’ll change. Most people who have a heart and a mind know when they’re doing shameful s—. Get help, because the most secrets you keep, the more malignant it becomes.”
“I’m disappointed in my friend,” he mentioned. “He did some gross s—, some damaging s—. He f—ed up, and he’s in big f—ing trouble. I’m going to be his friend, what do you want me to do? I mean, it’s probably the best time to be his friend, when he needs to make changes in his life. I can learn from it, he can learn from it, I hope.”
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A day after the Times report was printed, C.Okay. confirmed the validity of the tales. (Read his full badertion right here.)
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d— without asking first, which is also true,” he mentioned. “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— isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.”
“The power I had over these women is that they admired me,” he added. “And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
The blowback has been swift: Film distributor The Orchard has introduced it is not going to launch the comic’s new film, I Love You, Daddy, as deliberate on Friday. (The darkish comedy, which the comic wrote and directed, is stuffed with controversial dialogue and jokes about baby rape and badual harbadment.)
Actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who performs C.Okay.’s daughter within the movie, launched a press release saying she determined two weeks in the past to drag out of selling the challenge “after becoming aware of potential allegations against Louis C.K.”
Several media firms have additionally lower ties with the comic: On Friday, his longtime community accomplice FX introduced it has ended its affiliation with him efficient instantly.
His total manufacturing take care of FX was canceled, and he misplaced his function as govt producer — in addition to the compensation that got here with that title — on the FX comedy reveals Better Things and Baskets, the Amazon sequence One Mississippi, and a TBS animated sequence, The Cops.
Netflix, which struck a take care of C.Okay. to create two new stand-up specials for the streaming service, introduced on Friday that it’ll not produce the deliberate second particular. (The first was launched in April.)
HBO additionally dropped C.Okay. from the lineup of Night of Too Many Stars, a comedy profit set to air Saturday.