Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Multiple Women
By Antoinette Bueno
Five women have gone on the record to accuse comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.
In a report by The New York Times published on Thursday, multiple women claim 50-year-old C.K. either asked to masturbate in front of them, or masturbated in front of them without their consent. In a response to the newspaper concerning the allegations, the comedian's publicist, Lewis Kay, stated, “Louis is not going to answer any questions."
ET has reached out to C.K.'s rep for comment, and C.K. has previously denied sexual misconduct rumors surrounding him.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov tell the Times that their alleged incident with C.K. occurred in 2002, when they claimed he invited them to hang out in his hotel room after they performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The women claim the comedian 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.”
The women say they held on to each other and "screamed and laughed" in shock, as C.K. allegedly masturbated in a chair.
Goodman and Wolov's claims first appeared in a blind item published by Gawker in 2012. Wolov tells the Times that both women later feared their careers would be affected, after they heard that C.K.'s manager, Dave Becky, was upset that they told others about the alleged incident. The Times reports that in an email, Becky vehemently denies threatening anyone.
Another woman accusing C.K. of sexual misconduct is comedian Rebecca Corry, who says her alleged incident with C.K. happened in 2002, during which she was working on a television pilot that C.K. was guest starring in.
“He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes,’” Cory claims to the newspaper. “He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.”
Corry says she said no, and brought up his daughter and pregnant wife at the time.
"His face got red, and he told me he had issues," she claims.
The Times reached out to the show's executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who the newspaper says confirmed Corry's allegation.
“What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” Cox tells the Times. “My concern was to create an environment where Rebecca felt safe, protected and heard."
Corry says she decided to go on with the show, because she didn't want to be the person who stopped production. She also claims C.K. later emailed her in 2015, and that he apologized.
In an interview with the Times in September, C.K. was asked about sexual misconduct rumors surrounding him.
“I’m not going to answer to that stuff, because they’re rumors,” C.K. said at the time. "If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real."
"No," the comedian also replied, when asked if the rumors were "real."
The premiere of C.K.'s controversial film, I Love You, Daddy -- in which an aging filmmaker takes interest in a teenager -- was canceled on Thursday shortly before the Times published its article on the allegations against the comedian. C.K. also canceled his planned appearance on TheLate Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday.
In a statement to ET, I Love You, Daddy film distributor The Orchard addressed the allegations.
“In light of the allegations concerning Louis C.K. referenced in today’s New York Times, we are cancelling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy," the statement reads. "There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.”
A rep for Chloe Grace Moretz, who also stars in I Love You, Daddy, confirms to ET that the actress decided two weeks ago not to be involved in the promotion of the film "after becoming aware of potential allegations against Louis C.K."
Meanwhile, FX Networks, which has worked with C.K. over the past eight years, issued the following statement:
“We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review.”
HBO also released a statement, announcing that they were dropping C.K. from an upcoming fundraiser event and pulling his material from their streaming and on-demand services.
"Louis C.K. will no longer be participating in the Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs, which will be presented live on HBO on November 18," the network said. "In addition, HBO is removing Louis C.K.’s past projects from its On Demand services."