Several women have come forward with claims that comedian Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them according to a bombshell new report by The New York Times.
These allegations of sexual misconduct reported by the Times caused an abrupt cancellation of the Friday premiere of Louis C.K.’s upcoming film I Love You, Daddy.
The Times reports that in 2002, after a Chicago comedy duo, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., Louis C.K. invited them to hang out in his hotel room. They claim that as soon as they sat down in his room, Louis C.K. asked if he could take out his penis.
They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. “And then he really did it,” Goodman said. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her shows, she said while on the phone she could hear him masturbating as they spoke.
The Times also reports that another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said that while she appeared with Louis C.K. on a television pilot in 2005, he asked if he could masturbate in front of her. She declined.
A fifth woman, who chose to remain anonymous also recounted an incident with Louis C.K. In the late ’90s, that while she was working in production at “The Chris Rock Show,” Louis C.K., then a writer and producer, repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, she said. She was in her early 20s and went along with his request, but later questioned his behavior.
Louis C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay was contacted by The Times and said the comedian would not respond to the allegations. “Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Mr. Kay wrote in an email to the Times.
An appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was also canceled.