"He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating," says one victim. Five women who spoke to the New York Times say comedian and filmmaker Louis CK's behavior with them crossed a line to sexual misconduct.
Where does such a line get crossed?
'I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating,' said one person quoted in the long-awaited New York Times report.
"After years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates, women are coming forward to describe what they experienced."
Even amid the current burst of sexual misconduct accusations against powerful men, the stories about Louis C.K. stand out because he has so few equals in comedy. In the years since the incidents the women describe, he has sold out Madison Square Garden eight times, created an Emmy-winning TV series, and accumulated the clout of a tastemaker and auteur, with the help of a manager who represents some of the biggest names in comedy. And Louis C.K. built a reputation as the unlikely conscience of the comedy scene, by making audiences laugh about hypocrisy — especially male hypocrisy.
After being contacted for an interview this week about the on-the-record accusations of sexual misconduct — encounters that took place over a decade ago — Louis C.K.'s publicist, Lewis Kay, said the comedian would not respond. "Louis is not going to answer any questions," Mr. Kay wrote in an email Tuesday night.
Neither Louis C.K. nor Mr. Kay replied to follow-up emails in which the accusations were laid out in detail, or to voice messages or texts. On Thursday, the premiere of Louis C.K.'s new movie "I Love You, Daddy," was abruptly canceled, and he also canceled an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."
Important reminder for Louis CK about whatever allegations about Louis CK come out: pic.twitter.com/evlBoXWdRh
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 9, 2017
no matter what the details of the story, we are going to look back on the fact that Louis CK made this movie at this moment with utter bafflement and horror https://t.co/x2G340wqlJ
— David Sims (@davidlsims) November 9, 2017
Louis Ck is gonna be alt right now isn't he
— KRANG T. NELSON (@KrangTNelson) November 9, 2017
How many big investigations exposing "open secrets" of famous men expand on things posted by Gawker years ago?
— Mark Berman (@markberman) November 9, 2017
— aleksander chan (@aleksnotalex) November 9, 2017
I wonder how long it will take for Bannon to recruit Louis CK to run for Senate.
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) November 9, 2017
This 2013 story about anonymous flyers in Huntington Beach is now much weirder.https://t.co/eMzGVHQt6T
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 9, 2017
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) November 9, 2017
Gawker was doing the work on Louie CK in 2012 https://t.co/kJ6EqXvpr8
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) November 9, 2017
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) November 9, 2017