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Thursday, the NY Times posted a story about five women who accused comedian Louis C.K. of exposing himself in front of them, among other complaints. Friday, he admitted that the accusations were true.
Louis C.K. has spoken out about the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. In a statement released on Friday, the comedian and TV star said, “These stories are true.”
He continued, “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick 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 dick 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.”
He apologized to the women who told their stories as well as other people impacted by his actions such as the casts and crews of movies and television shows that are now tainted or even canceled as a result.
After spending a reported $5M for the acquisition of Louis C.K.’s black and white comedy I Love You, Daddy, the pic’s distributor The Orchard has scrapped plans to release the movie in the wake of yesterday’s New York Times report whereby five women alleged sexual harassment by the Emmy-winning stand-up comedian.
This morning the distributor released the following statement: “The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy.” Originally the movie, which C.K. wrote, directed, produced and stars in, was set to open on Nov. 17 in limited release. I Love You, Daddy premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and it was out of there that Orchard snapped up the film.
Louis C.K. is just the latest in a rapidly growing list of powerful men in Hollywood accused of using their positions and influence to commit sexual offenses against less influential women and men in the entertainment industry.
Louis CK has put out a statement. "These stories are true," he says. pic.twitter.com/8oCH7YhqnF
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