Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Comedian Louis CK accused of pattern of sexual misconduct

Comedian Louis CK accused of pattern of sexual misconduct

Representatives said the premiere was cancelled due to "unexpected circumstances, but sources informed The Hollywood Reporter that the decision to cancel the premier was made in anticipation of the incoming New York Times piece "in case it's damaging".

The New York Times article has since been published and features claims from five women - all female comedians - about alleged inappropriate behaviour by CK.

Rumors about Louis C.K.'s alleged misconduct have been circulating since 2012, but the accusers hadn't come forward until now.

Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov say C.K. invited them to his hotel room for a nightcap after their performance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2002.

Kirkman isn't sure about the rumors, she told AV Club in September. Schachner said that he messaged her on Facebook six years later to apologize, but the incident by then had "discouraged her from pursuing comedy". Wolov tells the Times that both women later feared their careers would be affected, after they heard that C.K.'s manager, Dave Becky, was upset that they told others about the alleged incident.

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The Times story's three listed writers included Jodi Kantor, who also co-wrote the paper's earlier investigative reports on fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused by almost 80 women of sexually harassing, coercing, assaulting or raping them in episodes dating back four decades. So you go, 'Should I leave the house with an umbrella, or not?' " she told the Village Voice. "I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did".

The women say they held on to each other and "screamed and laughed" in shock, as C.K. allegedly masturbated in a chair. The executive producers of the production, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, confirmed the incident.

"You want to believe it's not happening", she said, adding that she "felt very ashamed" because of the incident, as she looked up to Louis C.K. She said that, while she was working on The Chris Rock Show in the late '90s, where Louis C.K. was a writer and producer, he asked her if he could masturbate in front of her repeatedly. During the phone conversation, Schnachner said that it was clear the comedian was masturbating.

For years, rumors of sexual harassment have swirled around comedian Louis CK. "I'm not going to answer to that stuff, because they're rumors", C.K. initially told the paper.

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