Comedian Louis C.K. admits sexual misconduct as Hollywood cuts ties

FILE PHOTO: Executive producer Louis C.K. participates in a panel for the FX Networks series
FILE PHOTO: Executive producer Louis C.K. participates in a panel for the FX Networks series "Baskets" during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Cable Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, U.S. January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo

November 11, 2017

By Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Louis C.K. admitted on Friday to engaging in sexual misconduct as recounted by several women, three of whom said he had masturbated in front of them, and television and film companies moved quickly to sever ties.

“These stories are true,” C.K. said in a statement.

Five women detailed incidents of sexually inappropriate behavior by the Emmy-winning comedian dating back 15 years in a New York Times report published on Thursday.

C.K. released a statement acknowledging the encounters in question after his upcoming film “I Love You Daddy” was scrapped for release on Friday, and Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> canceled a planned comedy special with the comedian because of the allegations.

Cable television network FX, a unit of 21st Century Fox <FOXA.O>, also severed its ties with C.K., and Time Warner’s <TXW.N> TBS network said it was suspending production on an upcoming animated comedy “The Cops,” which C.K. co-created and was due to star in.

“He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him – ‘Better Things,’ ‘Baskets,’ ‘One Mississippi’ and ‘The Cops’,” FX Networks and FX productions said on Friday in a statement.

Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast <CMSCA.O>, and the production company Illumination issued a joint statement saying they have “terminated their relationship” with C.K. on an upcoming sequel to last year’s animated film “The Secret Life of Pets.”

C.K. was the voice of the lead character, a Jack Russell terrier named Max, in the original film, which according to Hollywood trade paper Variety grossed $875 million. Variety said the sequel was due to open in June 2019.

The comedian’s publicist, Lewis Kay, announced on Twitter that “as of today, I no longer represent Louis C.K.”

C.K., 50, said in his statement that he has “been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves ” his statement added.

He is the latest celebrity in the entertainment business to be accused of sexual misconduct by people coming forward in the wake of allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.

‘WILL NOW STEP BACK’

The comedian born Louis Szekely, who is best known for his TV comedy series “Louie,” added that “I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” He did not make clear how long he would be stepping back for.

Two of the women in the New York Times article, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, said C.K. had invited them to his hotel room after a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002 and then masturbated in front of them.

“The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly,” C.K. said, adding that he thought it was ok to show his genitals to women if he asked them first.

“You asked but we never said yes,” Goodman and Wolov tweeted on Friday after his apology.

Netflix said earlier that it would not produce a planned second stand-up special with him.

Film distributor The Orchard said it would not be moving forward with the release next week of “I Love You, Daddy.” The movie was written and directed by C.K. and he also appears in the film as the father of a 17-year-old girl who has a romance with a 68-year-old filmmaker.

HBO said on Thursday that C.K.’s past projects with the network, including 2006’s “Lucky Louie” series, would be removed from its on-demand services and that the comedian would no longer participate in its Nov. 18 televised “Night of Too Many Stars” show.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Clive McKeef and Mary Milliken)

  • Steven Wilson

    I’m waiting for the sex bots to come out with their accusations.

  • Steven Wilson

    He’s writing a new memoir.
    “If I Could Jerk Off…I’d Prefer To Do It In Her Face.”
    It should be a best seller with the Feminists.

  • The Liberal Russian Lie

    Theres only one reason CK and Spacey are outing themselves; Pay-off and to keep the feds from investigating Hollywood as a hostile work place. 3 years from now, it will be business as usual.
    The feds need to swoop in and run an entire investigation and imprison those who are guilty of pedophilia and rape. It is time to bring the movie business into less propaganda and more about entertainment.
    Cosby was the tip of the iceberg, and 90% of icebergs are below water.

  • Jesse

    All of these stories are watering down the real stories yet to come. Clintons, Bush, Pizzagate. They are real stories and will break soon.

  • Chunk

    So proud to say “who is this guy?” Never heard of him and do not recognise his face, thank God!!

  • HML

    What a perv……….

  • A marcus Young

    Hollywood knew this guy was a pervert.That seems to be a habit of Hollywood organized crime.

  • …remain calm and return fire

    Is the pic of C.K. holding up his hand really a good choice?

  • Bert Alvarado

    What about ” Slick Willie ?”

  • landy fincannon

    Weird just weird

    • 500c

      ……. sick, very sick.

      • landy fincannon

        Indeed!!!!

  • David Wambsganz

    Don’t shake his hand when you leave. You never no where it’s been.

    • landy fincannon

      Oh yes you do. Lol

  • Flagfriend

    “C.K. said, adding that he thought it was ok to show his genitals to women if he asked them first.

    “You asked but we never said yes,” Goodman and Wolov tweeted on Friday after his apology.”

    To C.K.: why on earth would you ask a question like that?
    To the women: after just being asked a question like this, why on earth wouldn’t you immediately walk out of the room?

    • David Wambsganz

      Did they just sit there and watch him jerk off. Not saying that its cool to whip it out and start masturbating but did his body guard make you watch?

  • AtomicFury

    You gotta wonder why women are consistently coming out with their ten to fifteen year old stories. I mean, what part of putting your acting future ahead of what’s best for other women (starting with themselves) doesn’t scream “enabling”?

  • Clinicaleducator1

    IF DC is the swamp (and it is) then Hollywood is the cesspool.

  • nfcapitalist

    This is mental illness freed from self reflection… might even say… it’s stupidity.

    Stupid is not having the capacity to understand the information made available, good versus bad, ignorance is not having been exposed to the information, dumb is having been exposed to the information, having the capacity to understand and…. still doing it wrong.

  • Jesse

    “You asked but we never said yes”. But they both stood there and watched till he came and didn’t say anything for 15 years? The guy is a perv no doubt however these 2 got what they signed up for. The whole industry is full of perverts and sickos apparently and a lot of these accusers are no angels.

  • sonicbrew2

    I love how all these liberals are giving him props for admitting it. Because admitting it makes it alllllllll ok.

    • nfcapitalist

      Good observation… odd how the obvious seems just out of reach for progressives.

    • A marcus Young

      It makes me stop and wonder if that pizzagate conspiracy is actually true. Is Hollywood one big orgy?

    • A marcus Young

      It makea me pause to reconsider if there is something to Pizzagate.

    • RedOnTheHead

      He admitted it? Talking about it was half his act.

  • rob

    Good riddance dirtbag

  • HarryObrian

    While all these little accounts of misconduct are amusing me thinks the bigger picture is setting the stage for Hollywood to eliminate or take over the porn industry that makes much more money than they do. The dying , blood sucking vampires of Hollywood don’t get religious, throw out their best earners and kill their golden geese unless there is a fatter cow on the horizon.

    • nfcapitalist

      Watched Tucker Carson interview Alan Ryskind and then read Ryskind’s book, “Hollywood Traitors,” which explains the movies we as Americans grimace at poisoning young minds and utterly without benefit to our lives.

  • Thomas Henricksen

    He was just doing something that is only natural in front of pretty women – NOT. Reuters was “unable to confirm this”. Reuters is generally unable to convirm its “fake news”. If the government publishes something, Reuters is right there, like most news outlets, to lick up the garbage.

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  • Tado

    No Alpha Male is remorse when Erect.
    There is only focus, determination, lust & desire.
    Women, lock the doors; seal yourselves!

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  • …remain calm and return fire

    he’s a mad dog, put him down for public safety

  • Ed L

    Jail the preverts on Johnson Atoll.

  • John Murphy

    Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the accusations

  • A marcus Young

    Good for Netflix.

  • Varangian Guard

    This guy wanted to tell everyone he was smarter than conservatives and capitalists as well. Whoops