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Louis C.K. accused of sexual misconduct


By Liam Mathews,

Louis C.K., the stand-up comedian and creator of series including Louie and Horace and Pete, has been accused of sexual misconduct.

An explosive report by the New York Times has on-the-record accounts from five women that allege that C.K., real name Louis Szekely, sexually harassed them. Like the Harvey Weinstein accusations, C.K.'s follow a similar through line with the comedian requesting to show women his penis and then masturbating in front of them. Two of the women said that they were on the phone with C.K. having a business conversation when he began masturbating. Others said the incidents happened in person. The comedian declined to comment to the Times about the accusations.

Rumors of sexual impropriety have publicly followed C.K. since Gawker began reporting on gossip about him in 2012, though the NYT story has accounts going back a decade farther than that. No one had gone on the record about him until now.

In the time period alleged in the report, C.K. became arguably the most creatively respected comedian in America, receiving numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and being praised for his wise and empathetic observations about modern life. In his stand-up special Oh My God, C.K. said "How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We're the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we're the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women." The allegations against him make that statement and others seem disturbingly hypocritical.

Before the report was published, C.K. canceled the New York premiere of his controversial new movie I Love You, Daddy, which is about a movie director whose daughter begins a relationship with a much older, notoriously creepy director inspired by Woody Allen, who allegedly molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. C.K. also canceled an appearance on The Late Show.

C.K. has production deals with FX where he's an executive producer for Baskets and his frequent collaborator Pamela Adlon's series Better Things; Netflix, where he's contracted to provide a stand-up special; and TBS, where he's developing an animated series with Albert Brooks.

C.K. is the latest in a string of high-profile men in Hollywood to face accusations of sexual misconduct in a cultural climate much less willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, starting with producer Harvey Weinstein and including directors James Toback and Brett Ratner, actors Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Knepper and more.

Additional reporting by Megan Vick.

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