In a report published last week by The New York Times, five women described encounters with Louis C.K. in which the comedian allegedly behaved inappropriately, including reportedly taking all his clothes off and masturbating in front of them during a gathering in his hotel room.
Among his accusers are Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, a Chicago comedy duo who described an incident in 2002 in Aspen. Colo., in which C.K. reportedly invited them to his hotel room late at night.
“He was a comedian they admired. The women would be together. His intentions seemed collegial,” The Times reports. “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,” The Times reports, quoting Goddman saying in an interview: “And then he really did it. He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
The report adds: “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.”
The report also notes: “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. … And Louis C.K. built a reputation as the unlikely conscience of the comedy scene, by making audiences laugh about hypocrisy — especially male hypocrisy.”
A publicist for C.K. said the comedian would not respond to the allegations.
In anticipation of the New York Times story, the New York premiere of C.K.’s movie “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled, as we reported separately, and C.K. reportedly pulled the plug on a scheduled appearance this Friday on CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”