Comedian Sarah Silverman revealed that Louis CK has masturbated in front of her in the past — but unlike the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, Silverman said she gave consent.
The star and host of “I Love You, America” appeared on Howard Stern’s show on Sirius XM radio and talked about her longtime friend Louis CK, who was the subject of a New York Times investigative report last year in which multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct — masturbating in front of them or while on the phone.
In a subsequent statement, Louis CK admitted that the allegations were true and publicly apologized to his victims. In recent months, Louis CK has been making surprise appearances at comedy clubs in New York City and the Boston area, but, according to multiple reports, he has only vaguely alluded to the allegations.
Indiewire reports that Silverman made the bombshell confession on Howard Stern’s show while discussing her friend’s tentative return to public life.
“I know I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman reportedly said.
“I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘F**k yeah I want to see that!’… It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. Sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F***ng no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”
Silverman didn’t specify their ages at the time, but said the incidents took place before either of their careers had taken off. She also said that she and Louis CK would sometimes ride the elevator in his apartment building naked, after they threw their clothes out the window. Silverman said that at the time, they were both “letting our freak flags fly.”
Though Silverman insisted she was fine with what happened between her and Louis CK, she noted that once he became an influential person in the comedy industry, the behavior should have stopped.
“Once he became powerful, even within just his [comedy] community, he felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not OK,” Silverman reportedly said.
“I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again,” she continued. “I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.”
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