Published Nov 09, 2017Earlier today (November 9), the New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy was suddenly cancelled ahead of a New York Times story. Now, that story has arrived, and it has put names to longstanding rumours of sexual misconduct from the comedian, as five women have spoken out against him.
Anyone who has followed the longstanding rumours about C.K. will not be surprised by the contents of the New York Times piece, though that doesn't make the allegations any less shocking, as multiple women have accused the comedian of forcing them to watch him masturbate without their consent.
In the piece, Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov recall being invited back to C.K.'s hotel room in 2002 after a show. The pair tell the paper that C.K. asked if he could expose his penis to them, at which point they laughed, thinking it was a joke.
"And then he really did it," Goodman said. "He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating."
Another comedian, Abby Schachner, recalled calling C.K. in 2003 and inviting him to one of her shows. She claims she heard C.K. lower the blinds in his office before he started breathing heavily and describing his sexual fantasies to her while masturbating on the phone. "I definitely wasn't encouraging it," Schachner said.
Two other women allege C.K. asked them if they would watch him masturbate while they were working on television shows together. Rebecca Corry said she was working on a pilot alongside C.K. in 2005 when he propositioned her. Executive producers David Arquette and Courteney Cox both confirmed that the incident was reported to them.
Further, an unnamed woman who worked with C.K. on The Chris Rock Show in the late '90s alleged that the comedian masturbated at his office desk in front of her. She had agreed to his request to watch him, but later questioned whether or not his behaviour had been appropriate for the workplace.
"It was something that I knew was wrong," she said. "I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture.... He abused his power."
Louis C.K. declined to speak to the New York Times about the allegations. While he has publicly denied their veracity, the publication confirmed that he had privately reached out to Schachner and Corry to apologize.
Tig Notaro, who has been outspoken about her disappointment with C.K. in the past, also spoke to the Times, saying she felt "trapped" by her association with him. Louis C.K. famously released Notaro's star-making 2012 comedy album about her cancer diagnosis, which she now fears was an effort for C.K. to "cover his tracks."
She added, "He knew it was going to make him look like a good guy, supporting a woman.
"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."