Louis C.K. Accused of Masturbating in Front of Multiple Women

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Famed comedian Louis C.K. is the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. Five women have accused the actor of disturbing behavior in a story published Thursday in the New York Times.

By;  Carey Wedler

This article first appeared at ANTIMEDIA

The article details the experiences of five women — four of whom identified themselves publicly — who were subject to C.K.’s apparent habit of masturbating in front of women.

A pair of female comedians, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, recalled an encounter they had with C.K. at a 2002 comedy festival in Aspen.

They said he invited them to his hotel room at the end of one of the evenings, and since the bars were closed and they wanted to celebrate their performance in the festival, they accepted his request. He promptly asked if he could take his penis out.

The Times wrote:

They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. ‘And then he really did it,’ Ms. Goodman said in an interview with The New York Times. ‘He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.’”

They said they began telling others in the industry about their experience but were met with hesitation and resistance and feared continuing to speak out could harm their careers. They heard C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky — who currently manages other big names such as Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler —  was upset about their decision to spread the word.The Times detailed stories similar to what the comedic duo experienced:

“In 2003, Abby Schachner 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. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said that 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.”

“He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me,” she said. She says she rejected the request and “pointed out that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife.”

His face got red,” she said, “and he told me he had issues.”

Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who were working as executive producers on the show, confirmed the incident.

An anonymous woman who wanted to protect her family recalled working on the Chris Rock Show, where C.K. was a writer and producer. She says he repeatedly asked her if she would watch him masturbate and eventually went along with it.

“‘It was something that I knew was wrong,’ said the woman, who described sitting in Louis C.K.’s office while he masturbated in his desk chair during a workday, other colleagues just outside the door. ‘I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture,’ she continued. ‘He abused his power.’”

A former co-worker of the woman confirmed she had shared the story shortly after it happened.

The stories confirm longstanding rumors about C.K., which he had previously dismissed as just that. However, his comedy acts often featured jokes about masturbation and his sexual hangups, and his new film, I Love You, Daddy, reportedly features a character who “pretends to masturbate at length in front of other people, and other characters appear to dismiss rumors of sexual predation,” the Times reports.

This week’s premiere of the film was canceled, as was an appearance by C.K. with Stephen Colbert in anticipation of the Times article.

C.K. has declined to comment on the allegations. His publicist, Lewis Kay, told the Times in an email that “Louis is not going to answer any questions.”

At least one incident was more or less confirmed by a Facebook message C.K. sent to Schachner in 2009 apologizing for his prior behavior.

“Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion,” he wrote. “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry.”

I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did,” he also said.

C.K. is one of the biggest names in comedy and has also helped elevate female comedians’ careers. He is only the latest Hollywood name to succumb to sexual harassment allegations. In addition to the now disgraced Harvey Weinstein, women have accused Jeremy Piven of harassment and assault, as well as Ed Westwick of Gossip Girl, Jeffrey Tambor, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman, director Brett Ratner, and a slew of others.

Kevin Spacey’s career has also suffered following widespread allegations harassment, including against minors, last week.

Because of this moment, as gross as it is, we feel compelled to speak,” Wolov told the Times.

This article first appeared at ANTIMEDIA