- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Five women have come forward to accuse writer and comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, according to a bombshell report released Thursday by The New York Times.

Comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner, Rebecca Corry and an unnamed woman who worked at “The Chris Rock Show” in the late 1990s alleged that Mr. C.K. (real name Louis Székely) sexually harassed them over a decade ago.

Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov told The Times that in 2002, they were invited to celebrate in Mr. C.K.’s hotel room after their break-out performance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. They said once they were in Mr. C.K.’s room, the comedian immediately asked if he could take out his penis — a request they initially took it as a joke.

“And then he really did it,” Ms. Goodman said. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”

In 2003, Ms. Schachner said she could overhear Mr. C.K. masturbating as she spoke to him on the phone. Several years later, the he apologized in a Facebook message reviewed by The Times.

“Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion,” Mr. C.K. reportedly wrote to Ms. Schachner in 2009. “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry. … I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did.”

In 2005, Ms. Corry said Mr. C.K. asked her if he could masturbate in front of her in her dressing room while the two worked on a television pilot of which Courteney Cox and David Arquette were executive producers. Both Ms. Cox and Mr. Arquette confirmed the alleged incident to The Times.

“What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” Ms. Cox said.

A decade later, in an email reviewed by The Times, Mr. C.K. told Ms. Corry that he owed her a “very very very late apology.”

The fifth woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she was working in production at “The Chris Rock Show” when Mr. C.K., a writer and producer there, repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate. She said she went along with his request, later blaming the comedian for abusing his power.

“I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture,” she said, recalling the moment she sat in Mr. C.K.’s office while he allegedly masturbated in his desk chair.

An unnamed co-worker at “The Chris Rock Show” confirmed to The Times that the woman told him about the experience soon after it happened.

Responding to The Times’ report in an email Tuesday night, Louis C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, wrote: “Louis is not going to answer any questions.”

The premiere of Mr. C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy,” as well as his scheduled appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” were abruptly canceled Thursday in anticipation of The Times’ report.

Mr. C.K., a father of two, has made jokes about masturbation a central part of his stand-up comedy routines.

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