The incidents range from C.K. asking comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov if he could take off his trousers that they laughed off as a joke, but as Goodman said, "he proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating", to C.K. masturbating while speaking to Abby Schachner on the phone. After the incident, they confided in a group of comedians at the same festival, but say they "could already feel the backlash" from others not wanting them to come down on such a prominent figure in the industry. "I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating", Ms. Wolov told the Times. And yet another woman charged that she could hear the comedian masturbating while she spoke on the phone with him during an alleged incident in 2003.
In a statement to the Times, C.K.'s publicist Lewis Kay said the comedian would not answer any questions about the allegations.
MS comedian Tig Notaro, whose first comedy album was released by Louis C.K., said she heard of his reputation from other women and suggested it's not exactly a secret in the comedy world. She described an alleged encounter that took place in the late '90s while she was working in production at "The Chris Rock Show".
The New York premiere of his upcoming movie I Love You, Daddy was abruptly canceled Thursday. "It's amusing. I didn't think of that". The call, she said, quickly became "unprofessional and inappropriate". She told the Times she sat in the comedian's office, with colleagues outside the door, as he masturbated. Besides reportedly canceling the film's premiere as well as his appearances, as of publication, C.K. has yet to make a comment about the story. "He knew it was going to make him look like a good guy, supporting a woman", she said, adding that she learned of his reputation only after selling One Mississippi to Amazon.
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After sharing what happened to friends in the entertainment community, they said they faced backlash.
Louis C.K. on September 22, 2017, in New York City.
Stories connecting the comedian to alleged sexual misconduct first began swirling back in 2012, when Gawker ran a post about an unnamed male comedian who liked to masturbate in front of women.