I was going to title this, “Louis C.K. Comes Clean,” but it’s Friday, and nobody deserves that pun.
Because I’m SLYCIC, I heard you beg, “Oh, Dlisted writers, please post yet another skin-crawling story about a famous creep, ” so here’s yet another post about a famous creep. I have a feeling that another drought will soon be upon us from everyone taking boiling hot showers and scrubbing their skin down with Bar Keepers Best Friend after reading all these type of posts.
When The New York Times did a story (that Gawker did years ago) about Louis C.K. having a thing for jacking off in front of women who never had “Watch Louis C.K. Jack Off” on the list of things they want to see, his manager only said that he “never threatened anyone.” It was very different than the other denials we’ve been hearing from accused gropers, molesters, harassers and/or rapists of Hollywood. It had a touch of admission of guilt to me, and it turns out, it did. Louis gave a statement to everyone today, admitting that his five accusers weren’t lying. Everyone who said that those women are lying since they took so long to tell their stories must be so confused to live in a world where accusations can turn out to be true. What a world!
Louis’ statement starts off with him addressing the five women who all told a similar story: he asked them if he could jack off in front of them, and then he did it even as they sat there looking uncomfortable and grossed out. All the women said that they didn’t immediately speak out about it because he’s Louis C.K. and in some instances, was their boss. He says that he now hears those women and understands. Louis knows he had power over those women and wrongly wielded that power. Another unfortunate pun.
As far as statements go, Louis’ PR team didn’t do a bad job, but he never apologizes to the women and if they wanted to keep it real, they should’ve wrote: “The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt your bank accounts.”
And if you feel like playing a drinking game while reading Louis’ statement, take a shot every time he says how much he’s admired. You’ll be plastered by paragraph three.
These stories are true. 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. 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.
Louis C.K. doesn’t say in his statement that he’s going the Weinstein and Spacey route by checking into rehab, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he does. Promises Malibu should consider renaming themselves PromisesToNotBeACreep Malibu and tweak their program to cater to the newly outed creeps of Hollywood.