Louis CK’s longtime collaborator and close friend Pamela Adlon has spoken out about the writer performer’s sexual misconduct, which Louis CK admitted to in a statement on Friday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, five women accused Louis CK of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report on Thursday. Three of the women said that he exposed himself and masturbated in front of them, one said that he asked her to watch him masturbate and she refused, and another said that Louis CK masturbated while they were on the phone.
On Friday, Louis CK released a statement through his publicist admitting that the allegations were true, and that at the time he did not realize to what extent he was abusing his power.
“I have been remorseful of my actions,” he said in the statement, without every using the phrase “I’m sorry” or “I apologize.”
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 and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.
Later Friday, Adlon, the star of Better Things on FX, released a statement obtained by the Daily Beast.
“Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important,” Adlon wrote.
“My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.”
Adlon was a cast regular on Louis CK’s popular FX show Louie, and he wrote and appeared on several episodes of Better Things, and has a creator and co-producer credit on the show. FX has cut ties with Louis CK in the wake of the allegations.
Just days before the New York Times story broke, which was not a surprise to many in the industry who had heard it was coming, Aldon appeared on an episode of the KCRW podcast The Business. Host Kim Masters asked Aldon about the rumors that have long followed her creative partner.
“It hurts to read about things that people are saying about him,” Adlon said. “All I know is that, I know about him as being my partner on a show that is the opposite of any of this kind of horrible, negative things.”
“He’s a person of integrity and he takes care of people and he’s an incredible collaborator and everybody that I know, knows that about him. He’s a good man. It’s just painful. It hurts right now, because people should be celebrating him, because he’s part of my show. We wrote the whole season together. It’s really hard and it’s confusing and I hate the whole thing.”
The company that bought Louis CK’s semi-autobiographical movie I Love You, Daddy said on Friday it would no longer be distributing the film.
[Feature image: Associated Press]