Hollywood's History of Sexual Misconduct

"There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am," he writes in a lengthy statement.

Louis C.K. broke his silence on Friday, after five different women accused him of masturbating in front of them in a New York Times exposé.

Below is his statement in full:

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.

These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay 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. 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.

I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn't want to hear it. I didn't think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.

There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.

I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.

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.

Thank you for reading.

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. 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."

After his statement, FX networks and FX Productions ended their relationship with C.K. "We are cancelling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton," they said in a statement. "He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him – Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops."

"Now is not the time for him to make television shows. Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement," the added. "

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