Comedian Louis C.K. says that recent sexual misconduct allegations five women leveled against him are true.
“These stories are true,” he said in a statement Friday. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d--- 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 d--- isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.”
C.K. added that “the power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” he continued. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”
“I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work,” C.K. added.
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them.”
C.K.’s statement came one day after a New York Times report detailed five women’s accusations of sexual misconduct against him.
Four female comedians went on the record with their claims – Chicago comedy team Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry and Abby Schachner.
A fifth woman – who was identified only as a former production employee on HBO’s "The Chris Rock Show" – chose to remain anonymous.
The five women all alleged that C.K. either attempted to or masturbated in front of them, either in person or while on the phone.
The distributor for C.K.’s new film, "I Love You, Daddy," announced on Friday that it would not release the movie.
Netflix also ended its planned stand-up special with C.K., and HBO also cut him from its own event while removing his past specials and series from its on-demand services.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.