Female comedy duo shares full story about being sexually harassed by Louis CK
Last November, five women accused Louis CK of sexual misconduct. They shared their stories with The New York Times, describing disturbing incidents in which he exposed himself and masturbated in front of them. After the report was published, Louis issued a statement, admitting, "These stories are true... The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly." Hollywood reacted quickly, cancelling the release of his movie, I Love You Daddy, and television networks cut all ties. "I will now step back and take a long time to listen," wrote Louis.
On Sunday night, Louis returning to stand-up comedy, performing a surprise fifteen set at the Comedy Cellar in New York City. Reportedly he got a warm ovation from the sold-out crowd, but news of his "comeback" sparked outrage on social media. Critics claimed Louis came back too soon, was not adequately punished for his actions and should not have ambushed the crowd. "I understand that some people will be upset with me [for letting him perform]," said Comedy Cellar owner Noam Dworman. "There can’t be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong."
Comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov were two of the women who accused Louis of sexual misconduct. They told NYT that the incident occurred in 2002, after a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado. Louis invited them back to his hotel room, and once they arrived, he asked if he could take out his penis. They said yes, thinking he was joking. He was not. He took off all of his clothes and "feverishly masturbated" in front of them.
Today Goodman and Wolov shared the full story of this encounter, and tagged Dworman, who has been discussing Louis' return with the press. "I don't know what the standard is," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't to be judge and jury - I don't really know anything." Apparently, the comedy duo took issue with him "poking holes in their story."
In a powerful passage, Goodman and Wolov describe how it felt to become pariahs in the entertainment industry, just as they were starting their careers:
"We, 26, lived in Chicago and had done nothing in the business. Hope this helps your cry for the why god why of it all. But this isn't even the worst part. We told a bunch of people. Now his very powerful rep calls your new managers and tells them he will BURY you if you keep telling the story. So now your poison to everyone who knows him, his famous friends, their managers, everyone. People call you sluts, and cunts. And just by posting this it will all start again so sorry if we've been a little quiet for you.
And the saddest thing is he has daughters, and we have dads and they have to hear this over and over. And yeah we wish we left the room, but we didn't. We froze, and were scared, and nervous laughter, and this has sucked more then you will ever know."
In response, Dworman denied trying to poke holes in their story, and requested they move this "gravely serious conversation" off Twitter.
As websites churn out thinkpieces, and the debate over Louis CK continues, hopefully everyone takes time to hear the women's stories.