Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose detailing allegations that he repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.
(Yahoo News) – The story also scrutinizes the behavior of C.K.’s longtime manager, Dave Becky, of 3 Arts Entertainment, suggesting that Becky used his clout in the comedy world to pressure women to not discuss their encounters with C.K. Becky did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
C.K. declined to comment for the Times’ story.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounters with C.K. Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against the stand up comedian and TV star have been swirling for some time. In March 2012, Gawker published a blind item that detailed an alleged incident at the Aspen Comedy Festival a few years prior. C.K. was not named explicitly in the piece, but it claimed that “our nation’s most hilarious stand-up comic and critically cherished sitcom auteur” invited two female comedians to his hotel room and proceeded to block the door with his body while he forced them to watch him masturbate. Speculation surfaced on Reddit and social media that the item referred to C.K. Comedian Doug Stanhope, a friend of C.K.’s, later claimed the story was about him.
A follow-up piece by Gawker in May 2015 described an interaction another comic claims to have had with C.K. earlier that same year. The unnamed male comic, identified in the piece as Jason, shared email correspondence he claims came from C.K. when Jason had emailed him to ask C.K. to “please stop sexually assaulting female comics.” The email address that appears to be C.K. responded that he wished to reach Jason by phone. Jason went on to claim that C.K. did in fact call him, describing the alleged conversation as C.K. “sizing me up” to “find out what I had heard.” Jason said the conversation stemmed from an incident in 2014 when C.K. was alleged to have approached a female friend of Jason’s at a comedy club from behind, grabbed her by the neck, and whispered in her ear, “I’m going to f–k you.”