“THESE STORIES ARE TRUE”: COMEDIAN LOUIS C.K. RELEASES STATEMENT FOLLOWING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

Louis C.K. released a statement on Friday responding to the New York Times investigative piece about five women coming forward accusing the comedian of sexual misconduct.

The revelations come in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal with over 80 women accusing the disgraced film producer of sexual harassment and assault. Weinstein was subsequently fired from The Weinstein Company, kicked out of the Motion Picture Academy and is currently being investigated in the U.S. and in the UK on some of the charges.

Kevin Spacey was among additional high profile names to be accused of sexual misconduct, with actor Anthony Rapp alleging that Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was just 14. Netflix cut all ties with Spacey, with the fate of his hit political drama, House of Cards still up in the air. The Usual Suspects star has also been cut from the J. Paul Getty biopic, All The Money In The World, being replaced by Christopher Plummer. Spacey is also being investigated in the UK for misconduct.

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Louis C.K. however, fully admits to the charges leveled against him by his accusers. He released a statement which reads:

I want to address the stories told to The New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was O.K. because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions.

I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with. I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You, Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years. I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.

In light of the accusations, the comedian’s upcoming film, I Love You Daddy has been shelved by the studio, with FX Networks and Productions severing all ties with him. His association with the shows Baskets, Better Things, One Mississippi and TBS’s animated series The Cops have all come to an abrupt end.

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