5 Women Accuse Comedian Louis C.K. of Masturbating In Front of Them: 'He Abused His Power'

Courteney Cox and Tig Notaro among the stars speaking out after the New York Times' exposé.

Another shoe has dropped in the wave of sexual misconduct allegations as comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of masturbating in front of five different women -- a long-rumored story that many people in the comedy community have been waiting to go public.

In an exposé published by the New York Times on Thursday, Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov alleged that in 2002 the comedian invited them up to his hotel room for a drink while they were at a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado.

They said that when they got to his room, he asked if he could take his penis out. They laughed it off, "and then he really did it," Goodman said. "He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating."

Comedian Abby Schachner said she called Louis C.K. in 2003 to invite him to one of her shows and heard him masturbating on the other end of the line.

Rebecca Corry also accused him of asking if he could masturbate in front of her while they were working on a television pilot together in 2005. She angrily refused, reminding him he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. "His face got red, and he told me he had issues."

That show's executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette both confirmed the incident to the NYT. "What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful," Cox said, saying she also felt "outrage and shock" over what happened.

A fifth woman who spoke anonymously said C.K. repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate in his office while they were both working on "The Chris Rock Show" in the late '90s. "I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture," she said. "He abused his power."

Comedian Tig Notaro, whose career went viral following a 2012 comedy album that Louis C.K. promoted and whose show "One Mississippi" lists him as an executive producer, told the NYT that she fears "he released my album to cover his tracks. He knew it was going to make him look like a good guy, supporting a woman. [...] Sadly, I've come to learn that Louis C.K.'s victims are not only real, but many are actual friends of mine within the comedy community."

The news spread quickly through the comedy community on Twitter:

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