Sexual Harassment Cases Coming Out of the Woodwork: Louis CK Next, HBO Severs Ties

Louis CK

Five women have reportedly accused comedian Louis CK of sexual misconduct in culmination of years of rumors surrounding the popular stand-up artist. Their stories are strikingly similar, according to The New York Times report. They say that Louis CK asked them if it was okay to masturbate in front of them, and often did it even when they said no.

The rumors started years ago. In one incident, he invited a duo of female comics to his room while performing at the Aspen Comedy Festival. They offered him marijuana, but he declined and asked if he could take out his penis instead. Thinking he was joking, they gave him a thumbs up, and he really went for it. When they balked and ran for the door, the comedian ran and blocked the door with his body until he was done masturbating.

HBO reacted swiftly after news of the allegations broke, dropping the stand-up comic from their upcoming Night of Too Many Stars benefit concert as well as pulling his earlier projects from their On Demand services. Meanwhile, the producers at FX, which runs his Emmy Award-winning show Louie, has said that it will “take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace… The matter is currently under review.” 

The news comes hot on the heels of several accusations within the media and entertainment industry, including cases or allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, former head of Amazon Studios Roy Price, and actors Kevin Spacey and Ben Affleck.

Shortly before the Times piece came out, Louis CK cancelled an appearance he was supposed to make on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The NYC premiere of his new movie I Love You, Daddy was also cancelled hours before it was scheduled to screen. Ironically, the film is about a teenage daughter of a TV writer and producer, who is seduced by a 68-year-old filmmaker.

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Source: NY Times