Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming Louis C.K. to the Disgusting Old Men’s Club of Hollywood. The “New York Times” printed accusations yesterday from five women who say he harassed him by either playing with himself in front of them, or asking if he could.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov say Louis invited them to his hotel room after a gig in 2002, where he asked if he could expose himself to them. They thought he was joking, until he did it. Goodman says, “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.” They told several people about it, until they heard Louis’ manager was gunning for them.
In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis to invite him to one of her shows. He started telling her about his sexual fantasies and breathing heavily, and she could tell he was ENJOYING HIMSELF on the other end. But six years later he texted her an apology, saying, “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry. I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did.”
Rebecca Corry says that Louis asked if he could touch himself in front of her while they were both filming a 2005 TV pilot. Courteney Cox and David Arquette were producing the show, and they both say it happened. Corry also got an apology from Louis years later. He told her, “I used to misread people back then.”
The fifth accuser is an anonymous staffer from “The Chris Rock Show” back in the late ’90s. She says Louis repeatedly asked her to watch him go to town on himself. Louis was a writer and producer on the show.
These allegations may not come as a huge shock. There have been rumors for a few years about Louis doing this to women.
And comedian Tig Notaro brought them up back in September, when she was promoting her Amazon series “One Mississippi”. She said Louis had to confront those rumors.
Louis is listed as a producer on that show, but only through his company. He has nothing to do with it personally. And Tig actually put a scene into one episode where a woman’s boss plays with himself in front of her during a meeting. Tig admits it was a fictional treatment of the Louis C.K. rumors.
Reached for comment, Louis’ rep said, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” But Louis is already feeling the burn from this. His new movie “I Love You, Daddy” was supposed to premiere last night in New York, but the event was canceled. And the movie’s distributor is now deciding whether to release it at all.
Louis wrote, directed, and stars in the movie, as a writer who’s trying to end his 17-year-old daughter’s relationship with a 68-year-old director. (Hollywood Reporter)
Plus, HBO is removing him from next Saturday’s “Night of Too Many Stars” autism benefit, and FX, the home of his show “Louis”, is reviewing the situation.