LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 — Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis CK in a New York Times report published yesterday, including three who said he had masturbated in front of them.
In the New York Times article, CK’s publicist Lewis Kay said the comedian “is not going to answer any questions” from the publication.
Kay said in an email to Reuters yesterday that CK will issue a written statement “in the coming days”.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.
In the Times article, CK had “dismissed stories of his alleged sexual misconduct as ‘rumors’,” when the Times had interviewed him about his latest film I Love You, Daddy at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The New York premiere for I Love You Daddy was scheduled for yesterday and abruptly cancelled before the Times’ story was published.
“In light of the allegations concerning Louis CK referenced in today’s New York Times, we are cancelling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy. There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations,” the film’s distributor, The Orchard, said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
The film company added that it is “giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation”.
The Times article said CK’s scheduled appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was also scrapped.
CK, 50, the creator and star of FX’s Louie and one of the most popular and praised stand-up comedians, has often joked about sexual topics and masturbation in his stand-up routines and show.
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s FX Networks said in a statement that it was “obviously very troubled by the allegations” published in the Times.
“The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis CK related to any of our five shows produced together over the past eight years,” the network said.
It added that “the matter is currently under review”.
Time Warner Inc’s HBO said in a statement that CK’s past projects with the network, including 2006’s Lucky Louie series, would be removed from its on-demand services.
HBO said that CK will no longer participate in the November 18 televised Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs, hosted by Jon Stewart.
Two of the women in the New York Times article, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, said CK had invited them to his hotel room after a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002 and then masturbated in front of them.
Reuters could not immediately reach Goodman and Wolov.
The newspaper also quoted three other women.
One said CK masturbated in front of her, a second said he did so while on the phone with her and the third said she declined when he asked to masturbate in front of her.
CK is the latest celebrity in the entertainment business to be accused of sexual misconduct by people coming forward in the wake of allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey. — Reuters