Louis C.K.’s Film Premiere Canceled as Allegations Swirl
Five women accuse the comedian of sexually inappropriate behavior toward them, according to a New York Times report
The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s upcoming film title “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled due to “unexpected circumstances,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed, shortly before The New York Times released an article in which five women accused the comedian of being sexually inappropriate with them.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov told The Times C.K. exposed himself to them in a Chicago hotel room in 2002. Abby Schachner shared a similarly disturbing story with the newspaper, telling The Times she heard C.K. masturbating on the phone when she spoke to him in 2003.
Comedian Rebecca Corry said C.K. was inappropriate with her as well.
“He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes,'” she told The Times. “He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.”
Corry rejected him. A fifth woman, who spoke anonymously, said C.K. repeatedly asked to masturbate in front of her.
HBO says Louis CK will no longer participate in its Night Of Too Many Stars benefit, and it is removing his past work from its on-demand service.
A rep for the 50-year-old “Louie” star told the newspaper, “Louis is not going to answer any questions.”
FX, the network that aired his TV show, responded: “We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our five shows produced together over the past eight years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review.”
HBO also distanced itself from the comic. The network said in a statement to several media outlets that he would no longer appear on its “Night of Too Many Stars” special — and it would remove his past projects from its on-demand services.
In addition to the film premiere’s sudden cancellation, his scheduled appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” was also canceled. Actor William H. Macy will take his place on the CBS late night show.
It’s not the first time the comedian has been accused of sexual misconduct. Gawker published an article two years ago detailing allegations against C.K.
C.K., 50, has avoided discussing the rumors.
“I’m not going to answer to that stuff, because they’re rumors,” C.K. told The New York Times in September. “If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real.”
C.K.’s upcoming film has already raised eyebrows for its controversial storyline. It tells the story of a TV writer who tries to stop his 17-year-old daughter, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, from developing a relationship with a 68-year-old filmmaker (John Malkovich). C.K., who wrote, directed and stars in “I Love You, Daddy,” also edited and financed the project.
The Hollywood Reporter added that along with the shocking storyline, “I Love You, Daddy” also includes controversial dialogue. C.K.’s character not only uses the N-word, but he also makes multiple jokes about child rape. The film is said to pay tribute to 1979’s Woody Allen film “Manhattan,” which depicts a 17-year-old who develops a romance with a 42-year-old, played by Allen.
Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report; this Fox News piece is used by permission.
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