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Louis CK rumors of sexual misconduct confirmed by multiple women who claim he forced them to watch him masturbate

“It was something that I knew was wrong.”

Five women have come forward to accuse Louis CK of sexual misconduct.

According to an explosive report in The New York Times, four women in the entertainment industry have said that Louis CK exposed himself to them and/or masturbated in front of them — or in one case, over the phone. Another woman, a comic, said that he asked her to let him masturbate in front of her, but she declined.

Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told the newspaper that after they opened for him at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2002, he invited them to join him in his hotel room for a drink.

Shortly after they got there, Louis CK allegedly asked them if he could masturbate, and they initially thought he was joking.

“And then he really did it,” Goodman said. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”

Three other women also accused Louis CK of sexually inappropriate behavior. One, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the New York Times that Louis CK asked her to let him masturbate in front of him while he was a writer and performer on The Chris Rock Show and she worked in production. The alleged incident took place in the late, 1990s, when the woman was in her early twenties. Feeling pressured, she agreed to his request, but felt uncomfortable about it afterwards.

“It was something that I knew was wrong,” she said.

“I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture … he abused his power.”

Shortly before the New York Times article appeared, a New York theater cancelled the premiere of Louis CK’s highly anticipated film I Love You, Daddy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the premiere set to take place at the Paris Theater in New York City was cancelled around midday Thursday, just hours before the event. Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the cancellation was due to the upcoming story about Louis CK in the New York Times, while representatives for the event said it was due to “unforseen circumstances.”

Louis CK has also reportedly backed out of an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The comic actor and director has long been the subject of rumors alleging precisely what is described in the report. In 2015, comic Jen Kirkman made comments on a podcast that we were widely believed to be referring to Louis CK. She later denied that she was speaking about him.

Louis CK directs and stars in I Love You, Daddy; according to the Hollywood Reporter, he also self-financed it and filmed it in secret. The film is about a successful writer, Louis CK’s character, who is troubled by his teen daughter’s professional and personal relationship with a 68-year-old movie director, played by John Malkovich.

 

[Feature image: Associated Press]