Louis CK Admits to Sexual Misconduct as Media Companies Cut Ties

Even as Louis C.K. remained one of the most popular and influential performers in comedy – he has won multiple Emmy Awards for his stand-up specials and his semi-autobiographical FX series, “Louie” – rumors about his misconduct had persisted for several years.

In his statement, Louis C.K. did not offer apologies to the women who shared their stories with the Times.

He said, however, “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. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”

Louis C.K. also said he needed to acknowledge “the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with,” including his collaborators on his forthcoming film, “I Love You, Daddy,” and on TV shows he produces, like “Better Things,” “Baskets” and “One Mississippi.”

He added, “I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.”

Louis C.K. is just one of several powerful men who have recently faced rapid consequences after media reports brought attention to allegations of their sexual misconduct or harassment. Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and media executive; the actor Kevin Spacey; the filmmaker Brett Ratner; and the journalist Mark Halperin are among the prominent men to have experienced precipitous downfalls as accounts about them accumulated.

While Louis C.K. was one of the few men to admit to the conduct he’d been accused of, many people found his statement unsatisfactory and wondered why his behavior had not been addressed sooner. The actress Rose McGowan, who has said that Mr. Weinstein sexually assaulted her, wrote in a Twitter post on Friday, that she had heard stories about Louis C.K. two years ago even though she isn’t connected to the comedy scene. “Industry faux-shock is such a tired lie. I send my strength and love to all women hurt by him the code of complicity.”

The distributor of Louis C.K.’s coming film “I Love You, Daddy” said on Friday that it would not go ahead with its release of the movie. The comedy, which he wrote and directed, was acquired by the entertainment company the Orchard in a $5 million deal after it made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Louis C.K. stars in it as a TV comedy writer opposite John Malkovich as a notorious 68-year-old filmmaker who strikes up an uncomfortable relationship with the writer’s daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz), who has not yet turned 18.

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[ Louis C.K. is accused by 5 women of sexual misconduct ]

Following preview screenings of “I Love You, Daddy,” several critics had remarked on its troubling sexual politics and how certain scenes seemed to be commenting on Louis C.K.’s own reputation for misconduct.

Harassment Claims

In an interview with The Times at the Toronto festival, Louis C.K. said: “The uncomfortable truth is, you never really know. You don’t know anybody. To me, if there was one thing this movie is about, it’s that you don’t know anybody.”

The film had been planned for release in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on Nov. 17 and for a wider release in the following weeks.

Other media and entertainment companies have quickly distanced themselves from Louis C.K. or said they were reassessing their relationships with him following The Times’s report on Thursday.

HBO said that Louis C.K. had been dropped from the lineup of “Night of Too Many Stars,” a comedy benefit concert that it will broadcast next Saturday, Nov. 18, and that it had pulled other works of his from its on-demand service.

FX, which had shown Louis C.K.’s series “Louie” and continues to show other programs he is involved in, including “Better Things” and “Baskets,” said it was “very troubled” by the Times report and that “the matter is currently under review.”

Netflix, which earlier this year struck a deal with Louis C.K. to create two new stand-up specials for the streaming service, said on Friday that it will not produce the planned second special. (The first one, “Louis C.K. 2017,” was released in April.)

In a statement, Netflix said, “The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing. Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned.” Netflix continues to show earlier stand-up performances by Louis C.K.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/movies/louis-ck-i-love-you-daddy-release-is-canceled.html

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