Actor and comedian Louis C.K. has confessed to the accusations that surfaced yesterday about him exposing himself in front of women without their consent and masturbating, confirming in a lengthy statement, “these stories are true.”
“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,” he began. “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.”
Louis C.K. went on to acknowledge that the women felt unable to come forward with their accusations because of his prominence in the entertainment business. He also expressed remorse for using his position to sexually exploit his victims instead of helping them grow as performers.
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else,” he continued. “And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them… 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.”
HBO wasted no time in distancing itself from Louis C.K. by purging all his content from its on-demand platform; FX ended its longtime relationship with the “Louie” star; Netflix terminated plans for a stand-up special; and his latest film, “I Love You, Daddy,” will not be released.