Dave Chappelle Criticizes 'Weak' Women Who Accused Louis C.K. of Sexual Misconduct
By Desiree Murphy
Dave Chappelle is sparking controversy with his personal opinions about the five women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.
In his new Netflix stand-up specials, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity &The Bird Revelation, the 44-year-old comedian opens up about the allegations against C.K., calling the accusers "weak" and "brittle."
"Louis was like the turning point. All these allegations were terrible -- I shouldn't say this -- but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh," he confesses. "It's terrible, I know it's terrible. I'm sorry, ladies, you're right. At the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can't tell ... this is like where it's hard to be a man."
"One lady said, 'Louis C.K. masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams,'" he says of writer Abby Schachner, who alleges C.K. masturbated while on the phone with her. "Word? Well then I daresay, madam, you may have never had a dream. Come on, man, that's a brittle spirit. That is a brittle-a** spirit, that is too much, this grown-a** woman."
He continues to make jabs at the women throughout his standup, at one point referencing Martin Luther King Jr. while speaking about Schachner again. Chappelle jokes that the activist never would have given up on his dream even if C.K. masturbated in front of him.
"You think if Louis C.K. jerked off in front of Dr. King, he'd be like, 'I can't continue this movement. I'm sorry, but the freedom of black people must be stopped,'" Chappelle asks, explaining that show business is "just harder" than that. Them women sound … they sound weak. I know that sounds f**ked up, I'm not supposed to say that, but one of these ladies was like, 'Louis C.K. was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.' B***h, you don't know how to hang up a phone? How the f**k are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?"
"I know Louis is wrong, ma'am," he adds, "I'm just saying, I'm held to a higher standard of accountability than these women are."
As ET previously reported, multiple women went on record in a report published by The New York Times in November, claiming C.K. either asked to masturbate in front of them, or masturbated in front of them without their consent.
"These stories are true," C.K. acknowledged in a letter in response to the allegations. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."