Just hours before the aforementioned New York Times story broke, the premiere of the I Love You, Daddy was abruptly canceled as well as C.K.'s appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
In the Times article, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov recall an alleged incident with C.K. at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002. The women claim C.K. invited them to hang out in his hotel room at which point he asked if he could take out his penis, which they initially thought was a joke.
“And then he really did it,” Goodman tells the Times. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
Comedian Rebecca Corry also alleges in the article that C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her while the two were working on a television pilot in 2002. Another comedian, Abby Schachner, tells the Times that she could hear C.K. allegedly masturbating during a phone conversation that quickly turned "unprofessional and inappropriate."
“I definitely wasn’t encouraging it," Schachner said. You want to believe it’s not happening."
A fifth woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Times that C.K.allegedly masturbated in front of her in his office when she worked with him on The Chris Rock Show in the 1990s. While she claims she went along with it at the time, she said, "It was something that I knew was wrong. I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture. He abused his power.”