Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose detailing allegations that he repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.
The story also scrutinizes the behavior of C.K.’s longtime manager, Dave Becky, of 3 Arts Entertainment, suggesting that Becky used his clout in the comedy world to pressure women to not discuss their encounters with C.K. Becky did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
C.K. declined to comment for the Times’ story.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounters with C.K. Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
Louis C.K. through the years
Louis C.K. through the years
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Comedian Louis C.K. poses in the press room during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1683 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bobby Moynihan as Frank and Louis C.K. as Tom during the 'Forgotten TV Gems' skit on May 16, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 11, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 18: Creator/writer/actor Louis C.K. speaks onstage during the 'Louie' panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour at Langham Hotel on January 18, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Louis CK performs during the Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy Festival at the Austin360 Amphitheater on September 21, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Louis C.K. poses in the press room at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Louis C.K. performs during the Funny Or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Aaron's Amphitheatre on August 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0056 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on May 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)..
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1657 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mike O'Brien, Louis C.K. -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay attend the 'Blue Jasmine' New York Premiere at MOMA on July 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Louis C.K. attends the 13th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Louis C.K.' Episode 1626 -- Pictured: (l-r) Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, Louis C.K. -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Louis C.K. poses in the press room at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4277 -- Pictured: Comedian Louis Ck during an interview on June 25, 2012 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Chris Rock presents award to Louis CK on stage at The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4166 -- Pictured: Comedian Louis CK during an interview on December 14, 2011 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Comedian Louis C.K. speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 30: Presenter Louis C.K. speaks onstage at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival at Racquet Club on January 30, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
Comedian Louis C.K. performs on stage at 'The Nasty Show' during TBS presents A Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs on June 19, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. 18469_BB_1733.JPG (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Comedian Louis C.K. performs at the Comedy Theater during Bonnaroo 2008 on June 14, 2008 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Chris Rock and Louis CK during 'I Think I Love My Wife' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)
Louis C.K. during HBO & AEG Live's 'The Comedy Festival' - 'For Adults Only' Hosted by Bob Saget at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
Louis CK during 'Entourage' Season Three New York Premiere - Arrivals at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Louis C.K. during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Behind the Scenes of Pootie Tang at St. Regis Hotel Ballroom in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2241 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 9, 2002 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Louis C.K. during an interview with host Conan O'Brien on October 11, 1993 (Photo by: Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- Episode 14 -- Pictured: (far right) Robert Smigel and Louis C.K. perform in the 'Conan the ----arian' sketch on September 30, 1993 (Photo by: Lesly Weiner/Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Allegations of sexual misconduct against the stand up comedian and TV star have been swirling for some time. In March 2012, Gawker published a blind item that detailed an alleged incident at the Aspen Comedy Festival a few years prior. C.K. was not named explicitly in the piece, but it claimed that “our nation’s most hilarious stand-up comic and critically cherished sitcom auteur” invited two female comedians to his hotel room and proceeded to block the door with his body while he forced them to watch him masturbate. Speculation surfaced on Reddit and social media that the item referred to C.K. Comedian Doug Stanhope, a friend of C.K.’s, later claimed the story was about him.
A follow-up piece by Gawker in May 2015 described an interaction another comic claims to have had with C.K. earlier that same year. The unnamed male comic, identified in the piece as Jason, shared email correspondence he claims came from C.K. when Jason had emailed him to ask C.K. to “please stop sexually assaulting female comics.” The email address that appears to be C.K. responded that he wished to reach Jason by phone. Jason went on to claim that C.K. did in fact call him, describing the alleged conversation as C.K. “sizing me up” to “find out what I had heard.” Jason said the conversation stemmed from an incident in 2014 when C.K. was alleged to have approached a female friend of Jason’s at a comedy club from behind, grabbed her by the neck, and whispered in her ear, “I’m going to f–k you.”
Also in 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman described a male comic that many believed to be C.K. during an episode of her podcast. In the podcast, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, Kirkman spoke of “another guy who is a very famous comic. He is probably at Cosby level at this point. He is lauded as a genius. He is basically a French filmmaker at this point. You know, new material every year. He’s a known perv. And there’s a lockdown on talking about him. His guy friends are standing by him, and you cannot say a bad thing about him. And I’ve been told by people ‘Well then say it then. Say it if it’s true.’ If I say it, my career is over. My manager and my agent have told me that.”
“And this guy didn’t rape me, but he made a certain difficult decision to go on tour with him really hard,” she continued. “Because I knew if I did, I’d be getting more of the same weird treatment I’d been getting from him.” In a subsequent interview with The Daily Beast, Kirkman refused to speak further about the incident or identify C.K. as the man in question.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.
Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.
French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.
Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled.
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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In an interview with the Village Voice that was published this September, Kirkman said:
“There are rumors out there that Louis takes his dick out at women. He has never done that to me. I never said he did, I never implied that he did. What I said was, when you hear rumors about someone, and they ask you to go on the road with them, this is what being a woman in comedy is like — imagine if there’s always a chance of rain over your head but [with] men, there isn’t. So you go, ‘Should I leave the house with an umbrella, or not?’”
In 2016, Roseanne Barr stated in a Daily Beast interview that she had heard from multiple women that C.K. had engaged in behavior like that described earlier. “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers,” she said. “I can’t tell you—I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just s–t women have to put up with.”
In August, comedian Tig Notaro was asked about the allegations against C.K., who is an executive producer on her Amazon series “One Mississippi.” Notaro told The Daily Beast that C.K. is not involved with the series, despite the executive producer credit — and said that C.K. needed to address the allegations.
“I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted,” she said. “It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious. And that’s what we want to do with [‘One Mississippi]. We of course want to create comedy, but we also really, really feel like we have the opportunity to do something with ‘One Mississippi,’ because it does not stop. And, you know, I walk around doing shows at comedy clubs and you just hear from people left and right of what some big-shot comedian or person has done. People just excuse it.”
In one scene from Notaro’s show, a female character is forced to watch as a male workplace superior masturbates.
C.K. has previously declined to address the allegations in detail. In a 2016 interview with Vulture he said of the allegations, “I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not real…[You] can’t touch stuff like that. There’s one more thing I want to say about this, and it’s important: If you need your public profile to be all positive, you’re sick in the head. I do the work I do, and what happens next I can’t look after. So my thing is that I try to speak to the work whenever I can. Just to the work and not to my life.”
In an interview with the New York Times this September, C.K. again addressed the allegations, saying, “I’m not going to answer to that stuff, because they’re rumors. If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real.”
C.K. is preparing to release the film “I Love You, Daddy” in theaters on Nov. 17. The film–starring, written and directed by C.K.–revolves around a man (C.K.) who becomes concerned when his teenage daughter begins to develop a relationship with a much older filmmaker who has been the subject of multiple sex scandal allegations.