Louis CK has been accused of sexually harassing at least five women
It comes as no surprise to comedians Tig Notaro and Roseanne Barr, as well as multiple other women, who have been speaking up about Louis CK's harassment against women for years. Tig has been frustrated about Louis CK for a while, telling The Daily Beast back in September, in reference to harassment allegations against Louis: “I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted. It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious.”
Roseanne Barr said back in 2016: "It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can’t tell you - I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them."
Now, The New York Times has published a report including five separate women's accounts of sexual harassment by Louis CK, five instances of him non-consensually masturbating in front of them or in their presence.
The Times reports, from 2002, comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov were invited to hang out with Louis CK after one of his shows:
"As soon as they sat down in his room, still wrapped in their winter jackets and hats, Louis C.K. asked if he could take out his penis...They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. “And then he really did it,”...“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
The Times report continues:
"In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her shows, and during the phone conversation, she said, she could hear him masturbating as they spoke. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said that while she was appearing with Louis C.K. on a television pilot in 2005, he asked if he could masturbate in front of her. She declined."
In another call, Schachner said:
"She heard the blinds coming down. Then he slowly started telling her his sexual fantasies, breathing heavily and talking softly. She realized he was masturbating, and was dumbfounded. The call went on for several minutes, even though, Ms. Schachner said, “I definitely wasn’t encouraging it.” But she didn’t know how to end it, either. “You want to believe it’s not happening,” she said. A friend, Stuart Harris, confirmed that Ms. Schachner had described the call to him in 2003."
The stories all chronicle a pattern of masturbating in front of women, and fellow female comedians. Anticipating the release of this Times report, the New York premiere for Louis CK's latest film, titled "I Love You, Daddy", was cancelled. The film features an old film director starting a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Needless to say, none of this looks good for CK, whatsoever.
Tig Notaro wrote to the Times:
“Sadly, I’ve come to learn that Louis C.K.’s victims are not only real, but many are actual friends of mine within the comedy community.” Notaro admired those with the courage “to speak up against such a powerful figure... as well as the multitude of women still out there, not quite ready to share their nightmares.”
Louis CK is the latest in a long line of Hollywood, media and entertainment figures who have been exposed for decades-long patterns of sexual harassment and abuse.