Sarah Silverman is opening up about some very private details of her friendship with Louis C.K.
The comedian appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Monday and was asked about C.K., who has recently been making a comeback in comedy clubs after allegations emerged last year that he had masturbated in front of other female comedians without their consent.
“I know I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman told Stern, according to IndieWire. “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!'”
She continued, “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**king no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”
Silverman also told a story about how she and C.K. would take off their clothes in his apartment, throw them out the window, and then go down naked to get them back, stressing that these moments were all consensual.
“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 okay,” she said.
She added that C.K. understood that what he had done was wrong, even before The New York Times story last year detailing the allegations.
“Even in that article they talk about how he went on tried to connect with some of these women to say he fucked up and wronged them,” Silverman pointed out.
“I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again,” she said. “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.”
Silverman noted that she hasn’t spoken to C.K. in three months.