Five years ago, Gawker published a blind item about a certain beloved comedian and sitcom star who was rumored to trap female comics in his hotel room and force them to watch him jerk off. A few years later, they published a piece heavily implying the non-consensual hotel room masturbator was Louis C.K.
Many people have brought up those allegations, including Roseanne and comedian Tig Notaro. Louis C.K. once addressed them by brushing them off. If Louis C.K. wants to continue to ignore the rumors, he might want to book a hotel room and lock himself inside with some ear plugs and a blindfold. Because The New York Times has just published a piece exposing several of his alleged non-consensual antics.
The Times was responsible for getting the ball rolling on the downfall of Harvey Weinstein one month ago, and they’re obviously committed to exposing creeps. They spoke to five women who all claim to have stories about Louis C.K.
A comedy duo of two women named Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov allege that in 2002, Louis C.K. invited them to his hotel room at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Once inside, Louis C.K. allegedly asked them if he could take out his penis. They assumed he was joking, but he proceeded to take off all his clothes and begin jerking off. Dana and Julia claim they took a lot of heat from Louis C.K.’s manager Dave Becky for speaking about what happened. Davey Becky tells The Times he “never threatened anyone.”
In 2003, comedian Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. and invited him to her comedy show. She claims she could hear him lowering the blinds in his office, and after making suggestive comments about her, started masturbating while on the phone.
A comedian named Rebecca Corry appeared in a television pilot with Louis C.K. in 2005, and she claims that while walking to set one day, he leaned in and asked if the two could go to her dressing room so he could jerk off in front of her. She declined, and reminded him he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. She claims his face went red and he told her he “has issues.” Courteney Cox and David Arquette were producers on the show. Both confirmed the incident to the Times. Courteney says that she felt “outrage and shock” when she was told what happened, adding that what happened to Rebecca “was awful.” Courteney talked to Rebecca about stopping production, but Rebecca didn’t want to be the person to have a show shut down.
A fifth woman spoke anonymously about her alleged encounter with Louis C.K., saying that in the late 90s, while working on The Chris Rock Show, he asked her to watch him masturbate. She says she knew it was wrong, but she agreed because he was in a position of power.
Louis C.K.’s new gross-ish film I Love You, Daddy was supposed to premiere in NYC today. Page Six says that the distributor, The Orchard, cancelled the premiere at the last minute. Deadline says that The Orchard is still planning to release I Love You, Daddy in theaters on November 17th. But that premiere isn’t happening. Hmmm, I wonder why?
“Due to unexpected circumstances, tonight’s event for I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled. On behalf of The Orchard, please accept our apologies. We’re incredibly sorry for any inconvenience.”
Louis C.K. has also decided to cancel an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this evening. Louis C.K.’s publicist responded to the Times’ allegations before the story was published, saying: “Louis is not going to answer any questions.” Yeah, apparently Louis C.K. is the only one who gets to asks the questions. And the question is: “Can I masturbate in front of you?” And it’s a trick question, because if the stories are true, he’s going to do it regardless of the answer.