Comic, actor and producer Louis C.K. is the latest star to be accused of sexual misconduct. An expected expose in The New York Times has just landed, and the story includes numerous allegations that C.K. masturbated in front of unsuspecting women.
“Now,” writes The Times, “after years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates, women are coming forward to describe what they experienced. Even amid the current burst of sexual misconduct accusations against powerful men, the stories about Louis C.K. stand out because he has so few equals in comedy.”
The article starts with a 2002 incident in which a Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, performing at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., were invited to hang out with C.K. in his hotel room.
“He was a comedian they admired,” The Times writes. “The women would be together. His intentions seemed collegial. 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, the women said.
“They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. ‘And then he really did it,’ Ms. Goodman said in an interview with The New York Times. ‘He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.’”
Other women making similar accusations in The Times story include Abby Schachner, comedian Rebecca Corry and a fifth woman who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her family’s privacy.
The Times reports that C.K.’s publicist Lewis Kay said the comedian would not respond to the article.