13:57, November 10 246 0 theguardian.com

2017-11-10 13:57:03
Louis CK responds to sexual misconduct allegations: 'These stories are true'

Comedian Louis CK on Friday admitted to masturbating in front of five women, the day after allegations of sexual misconduct against him were made public.

In the statement, which was shared with reporters, CK apologized to the women, whose experiences were reported by the New York Times on Thursday.

“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,” CK said.

“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.”

On Friday, the distributor of his upcoming film, I Love You, Daddy, canceled the movie’s release and Netflix abandoned plans for a stand-up special.

“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” CK said in a nearly 500-word statement. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”

In addition to apologizing to the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, CK apologized to the people involved with his professional projects and his loved ones.

“I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want,” CK said. “I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”