Another day and, unfortunately another male celebrity is being accused of sexual misconduct. This time it's Louis C.K.. After years of rumors, five women have now come forward accusing the comedian of masturbating in front of them over the years.
- Two of his accusers, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, explain that the day after their 2002 encounter with Louie, they tried to talk about what happened right then, but effectively got shut down. “Guys were backing away from us,” Wolov remembers. “We could already feel the backlash."
- Another accuser, Rebecca Cory, says she had a run in with Louie when he guest starred on a show she was working on. “He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes,’” she says. “He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.” Corry adds that she declined and pointed out that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. “His face got red,” she remembers, “and he told me he had issues.”
Apparently, that particular incident did make it to the unidentified show's executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who have both confirmed the incident. Courteney calls the incident "awful" and says she and Rebecca discussed shutting down the production. Ultimately, Rebecca decided to go forward with the show. “Things were going well for me,” she explains. “and I had no interest in being the person who shut down a production.”
The allegations against C.K. are outlined in detail in the New York Times.
How's Hollywood Reacting? Severely. The premiere of his controversial movie "I Love You, Daddy" has been cancelled, as was his appearance on "Late Show with Stephen Colbert." For those who don't know, the project explores the notion of much older men...and underage girls.
What's more, HBO has nixed C.K.'s spot on the upcoming "Night Of Too Many Stars" and the network is removing his earlier work from their On Demand services.
As for the FX network (who the home of his "Louie" series), says they're "obviously very troubled" by the allegations but note that they've never received any allegations against C.K. “That said," the network's statement continues, "the matter is currently under review.” Which is saying something considering that his show was last listed on "indefinite hiatus."