Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Louis CK's former manager apologizes for ignoring sexual misconduct allegations

Louis CK's former manager apologizes for ignoring sexual misconduct allegations

Dave Becky says in a lengthy statement Monday that he misunderstood the nature of the allegations by a female comedy duo in 2002.

In his statement, Louis C.K. addressed the cable network: I'd be remiss to exclude the hurt that I've brought on people who I work with and have worked with who's professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects now in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy.

Becky said he sought discretion from the women at the time because he considered the issue one of infidelity for his married client. "In no way did I interpret the interaction as threatening or non-consensual", he says.

"Although this may sound naïve, it is true", he continued. Becky said he knew of only "one isolated incident" until last week and was appalled to learn of the others.

"I have come to realize my status wielded an atmosphere where such news did not reach me, or worse yet, that it seemed such news did not matter to me", Becky wrote. "It does. It matters tremendously".

Like Louis C.K., Becky ends his statement saying that he is "going to take time" to reflect on the situation" as a way to "educate myself daily, and to strive towards a more enlightened path.

I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn't want to hear it. "More than anything, I want to create an environment that is a better, safer and fairer place".

As promised, comedian Marc Maron waited until Monday's episode of his WTF podcast to address Louis C.K.'s confessing to sexual misconduct with five women - or as he put it, "my friend Louis C.K.'s admission that he did some vile, inappropriate, hurtful, damaging, selfish (expletive)". "But there's a lot of concern about who knew what when".

The two women said C.K. masturbated in front of them without their consent.

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This circle of Strong Women - many of whom bat away Glen's paranoia about Leslie and China - feels like a buffer, a protective shield against accusations volleyed at C.K. I Love You, Daddy plays like an attempt to work through a particular brand of middle-aged male angst.

"I would have confronted it, and I would have dealt with it then", she said.

"I was walking to set to shoot my scene and he approached me and got really close to my face and said, 'Can I ask you something?' " she told ABC News.

He admitted the allegations against him were true in a statement Friday. "It's not real. It's a rumor". In addition, his latest film, I Love You, Daddy, which is about a young girl falling in love with an older man, is being pulled from release. "No, I can't, I can't do that".

FX - the studio that gave life to his comedy series Louie - also cut ties with the comedian.

Embattled comedian Louis C.K. personally apologised to one of his sexual harassment accusers years after their encounter - only to say sorry for the wrong incident. "It is pushed aside, it is dismissed, it is framed as an annoyance or an embarrassment, it is used against people, it is used as a threat, that is the structure that exists in life". The work environment, the social environment makes it hard for people to come forward and be heard, to be listened to, to be believed, and for action to be taken around that. "It requires some sort of vigilance". It's stacked against you.

I am providing this context so that others do not make the same mistake I did. "Don't embarrass everybody. Don't embarrass yourself.' That is the way it is and that is not correct". "The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years", he said. I didn't have a woman writer on that staff.

BuzzFeed reported last week that included on-the-record accounts of Berganza sticking his tongue in the mouth of one female employee and repeatedly trying to kiss another female employee. "I don't know what goes on in most clubs anymore, but there is an imbalance". "'Cause I have learned that doing nothing, saying nothing, is not helpful". Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?' 'No I can't, I can't do that.

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