Louis Székely (Louis C.K.) is the latest to be accused of sexual misconduct as the scandal in Hollywood continues to grow. Louis C.K was accused by 5 women of sexual misconduct and C.K. admitted the allegations were true.

In August, 2017, Vanity Fair published an article in which Tig Notaro declared she was distancing herself from C.K., a one-time collaborator, and producer on her show One Mississippi, due in part to his refusal to address allegations of sexual impropriety from several women, and also due to an unspecified “incident” between them after which she had not seen or communicated with him.

On November 9, 2017, The New York Times reported that five women accused C.K. of asking them to watch or listen to him masturbate. The accusers include comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov in 2002, comedian Abby Schachner in 2003, comedian Rebecca Corry in 2005, and an anonymous woman who worked on The Chris Rock Show in the late 1990s.

The distributor of C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy, The Orchard, canceled the New York premiere of the film due to “unexpected circumstances”, with The Hollywood Reporter reporting that the Times story on C.K. was the reason for the cancellation. His scheduled next-day appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was also canceled.

In wake of the allegations, HBO dropped C.K.’s appearance on an upcoming Night of Too Many Stars autism television special and removed his 2013 stand-up special Oh My God and his 2006 sitcom Lucky Louie from their on-demand services. FX issued a statement saying they were “very troubled by the allegations” and were reviewing the situation. The Orchard announced they would not distribute I Love You, Daddy, a week before its scheduled release. His co-stars in the film, Chloë Grace Moretz and Charlie Day, both said they would not participate in the film’s promotion.

In a statement the day after the Times report, C.K. acknowledged that all five allegations were true, expressing remorse at the hurt he caused and the abuse of his power as an admired figure in the comedy world. He also stated that he had thought that his actions were acceptable because he first asked permission, not realizing that this put the women he was asking for a predicament.

Louis C.K. Full Statment…

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.

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Louis Székely (Louis C.K.) is the latest to be accused of sexual misconduct as the scandal in Hollywood continues to grow. Louis C.K was accused by 5 women of sexual misconduct and C.K. admitted the allegations were true. In August, 2017, Vanity Fair published an article in which Tig Notaro declared she was distancing herself...