The Allegations Include Masturbating in the Presence of Female Comedians
American stand-up comedian Louis CK has been accused of sexual misconduct in a report published today on the New York Times website. The report outlines several allegations from women within the entertainment industry, and refer to incidents which allegedly occured as far back as 2002. The first such allegation centres around a duo of female comedians, named as Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. After performing with CK at a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado, he reportedly invited them back to his hotel room, to which they agreed on the basis that his intentions “seemed collegial”. They allege that Louis CK then “proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating”. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, claims that while she was appearing with Louis CK on a 2005 television pilot, he asked if he could masturbate in front of her in a private room, to which she angrily declined.
Rumours about Louis CK’s behavior towards female comedians have circulated in comedic circles for many years, and discussed on a number of popular podcasts. They have recently been alluded to by fellow comedian Jimmy Norton, a friend of CK who previously hosted the Opie and Anthony radio show, on which CK was a regular guest.
Over the last decade, Louis CK has become one of the most successful comedians in the world, releasing critically-acclaimed stand-up specials on an annual basis. His latest special, entitled 2017, was a Netflix exclusive. At the time of writing, the special remains available to watch on Netflix, who severed ties with House of Cards star Kevin Spacey over his sexual misconduct allegations.
At this point in time, Louis CK has not been formally charged with any crime. CK’s publicist, Lewis Kay, said in an email to the New York Times that the comedian would not be responding to the allegations. You can read the newspaper’s full report here.