‘We were paralyzed’

Women come forward with upsetting stories of sexual misconduct by comedian Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Five women have spoken to The New York Times alleging disturbing sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. All of the accusations involved the comedian either asking the women to watch him masturbate, or involved him just masturbating in front of them without seeking their consent first.

Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said that Louis C.K. had invited them to hang out with him in his hotel room for nightcaps after their breakthrough appearance at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2002. The women said they had barely sat down in his room when Louis C.K. asked them if he could take out his penis. Goodman told the Times they laughed, thinking he was joking, but that the laughter soon stopped. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman recalled. “We were paralyzed.” As he ejaculated onto his stomach, Goodman said, the pair fled the room.

Comedian Rebecca Corry alleged another incident where she was working as a performer and producer on a television pilot in 2005, when Louis C.K., a guest star, abruptly approached her to ask if she would let him masturbate in front of her in his dressing room. Corry said she refused, reminding him that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. Corry said she spoke with the show’s executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, about the incident, and decided to continue with the show since it was an important step in her career.

“What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” said Cox, corroborating Corry’s account.

Other women shared similar stories with the Times. Over and over, the theme that emerged was that Louis C.K. is, according to the accounts in the report, a serial masturbator — a theme that has also been a hallmark of his comedy. In the below two clips, Louis C.K. delivers an extended bit on his observations about and obsession with masturbation. The second clip from Louis C.K.’s show is a parody of a Fox News segment in which the comedian literally mounts a defense of masturbation.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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