Comedian Louis C.K. Accused of Sexual Misconduct


Courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Abril Antonini, Staff Writer


  Mexican-American actor Louis C.K. has been accused by five women of sexual misconduct which was confirmed by the actor in a statement.

 According to Melena Ryzik, Cara Buckley, and Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov experienced sexual harassment from C.K.

  The article stated, “In 2002, …  Louis C.K. invited them to hang out in his hotel room for a nightcap after their late-night show … As soon as they sat down in his room, still wrapped in their winter jackets and hats, Louis C.K. asked if he could take out his penis….”

  The article also included a quote from Goodman. She said, “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”

  The women also said they informed others of the situation, but feared C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky, could ruin their careers. Though Becky has denied all claims of threats, Goodman and Wolov said, “[H]e was very upset that we were openly talking about it.”

  Writer, artist, and comedian Abby Schachner also experienced sexual harassment. The New York Times stated, “[S]he called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her shows, and during the phone conversation, she said, she could hear him masturbating as they spoke.”

  Similar events occurred with another comedian, Rebecca Corry. The article stated, “While she was appearing with Louis C.K. on a television pilot in 2005, he asked if he could masturbate in front of her. She declined.”

  In a statement Friday he admitted in response to the New York Times report that these stories were true. He said, “I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not. These stories are true.”

  Maria Attia (10), who has followed C.K. for a while, said, “When I found out about the accusations I was incredibly disgusted, and this idolatry that I had for him completely fell.”

  She also said that the same happened with the actor Kevin Spacey, who was accused of sexual assault and is having great repercussions on his fan base and acting career.

  Kristi Smith (12), involving the matter of C.K. making jokes about his misconduct, commented, “All of these years some comedians joke repeatedly about sexual assault and sexual misconduct, we turn a blind eye to it as it is appointed through comedy instead of believing that it might be happening.”

  For a while, C.K. has brought up sexual misconduct in his stand-up comedy specials, which is believed to be closely related to real life.

  Michael Villegas (11), who believes all the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct are related, said, “All of [these] accusations are surfacing because of the hashtag metoo, which has encouraged many women to come forward about their sexual assault in hopes to shine light to this really important topic, that soon will expose many in the movie industry.”

  As multiple allegations of sexual assault have been filed against many actors like Spacey and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick,  one can only wonder how much more is hiding in the acting industry.