Louis C.K.'s former manager has issued a statement and apology addressing his knowledge of recent sexual harassment allegations made against the comedian.
In a lengthy statement released Monday, Dave Becky claims he heard Louis C.K. allegedly exposed himself to comics Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov in an Aspen hotel room in 2002, but he "interpreted the conversation as two women telling a story about a sexual encounter with a then-married Louis." Becky added that his intention at the time was to protect what he "thought was a matter of infidelity."
In the the New York Times exposé published last week, Goodman and Wolov said the comedian invited them to his hotel room and then 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." The women said they had "heard that Louis C.K.'s manager was upset that they were talking about [the encounter] openly."
Below is Becky's full statement:
I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia. If I had, I would have taken this event as seriously as it deserved to be, and I would have confronted Louis, which would have been the right thing to do.
I am providing this context so that others do not make the same mistake I did. At that time, I heard the story third-hand, and I interpreted the conversation as two women telling a story about a sexual encounter with a then-married Louis. Albeit enormously embarrassing, in no way did I interpret the interaction as threatening or non-consensual. I misperceived the casual way the story was portrayed to me -- instead, I should have recognized that it must have been a mask for their unease and discomfort in the face of his detestable behavior. My intent was to seek discretion to protect what I thought was a matter of infidelity. I now comprehend that my response was perceived as a threat to cover up sexual misconduct. This is not an excuse. What I did was wrong, and again, I am extremely sorry.
In hindsight, I was operating blindly from a one-sided place of privilege. Until last week, I knew only of this one isolated incident. Although this may sound naïve, it is true. Never once, in all of these years, did anyone mention any of the other incidents that were reported recently -- I am appalled to learn of these. I have come to realize my status wielded an atmosphere where such news did not reach me, or worse yet, that it seemed such news did not matter to me. It does. It matters tremendously.
I am going to take time to reflect on this, to educate myself daily, and to strive towards a more enlightened path. I want to ensure that all voices around me are heard, and that everyone is treated respectfully and empathetically. More than anything, I want to create an environment that is a better, safer and fairer place.
C.K. himself later admitted the stories were true, saying he abused his power "irresponsibly."
See the chronology of Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct allegations in the stories below: