Louis C.K. Breaks His Silence On Sexual Harassment Allegations, Admits ‘These Stories Are True’

Louis C.K. is addressing the shocking allegations levelled at him by five different women in a bombshell New York Times story that ran on Thursday, in which the women recount similar stories in which the comedian masturbated in front of them.

In a statement to ET Canada, the “Louie” star admits that the women’s “stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my d**k 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**k isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.  The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

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C.K. writes 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,” admitting that he “also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.”

He adds: “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with,” and takes responsibility for the hurt he’s caused. “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.”

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C.K. concludes by stating that he has “spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”

In its article, the New York Times details the stories of five women who tell very similar stories involving the comedian, including an account from comedian Dana Min Goodman, who says that after a comedy show in 2002 he asked her and another woman if he could take out his penis. Thinking he was joking, they laughed off the comment. “And then he really did it. He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman told the Times.

Following publication of the story, the premiere for new film “I Love You Daddy” (in which C.K. is director and star) was cancelled, as was a scheduled appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”, while HBO announced it was disinviting him from its upcoming “Night of Too Many Stars” telethon and was taking down all Louis C.K.-related content from its On Demand service.

On Friday afternoon, FX released a statement announcing the network is no longer in the Louis C.K. business.

“Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K. We are cancelling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton. 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’,” reads FX’s statement.

“Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously,” FX’s statement continues. “As far as we know, his behaviour over the past 8 years on all five series he has produced for FX Networks and/or FX Productions has been professional. However, now is not the time for him to make television shows. Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement.”

FX Networks and FX Productions remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure that all people work in an environment that is safe, respectful and fair, and we will continue our review of all of these productions to ensure that was and is the case.

 

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Here is Louis C.K.’s statement in its entirety:

I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

These stories are true.  At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d**k 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**k isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.  The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.  

I have 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 and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.  

I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.  

There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. 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. 

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. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of ‘Better Things’, ‘Baskets’, ‘The Cops’, ‘One Mississippi’ and ‘I Love You Daddy’. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much. The Orchard who took a chance on my movie, and every other entity that has bet on me through the years. I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.   

Thank you for reading.

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