Rumors of sexual harassment have encircled Louis CK for years, but the comedian hasn’t batted an eye and insists they are not true.


“I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not real,” Louis said in 2016, but now five women have reported to The New York Times their accounts of harassment  by the comedian. All give similar stories, in which he either asked if he could masturbate in front of them, or did so without their consent.

These accusations come amid a massive wave of sexual assault and harassment claims in Hollywood, started in October when the Times published an exposé detailing decades of sexual assault and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Other men since accused of sexual harassment and assault include Kevin SpaceyBen Affleck, and Ed Westwick.

Louis CK canceled an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as the New York City premiere of his new film I Love You, Daddy, and attributed it to “unexpected circumstances.” Ironically, Louis CK wrote and directed that film, which is about a producer whose teenage daughter is stalked by a predatory 68-year-old filmmaker, played by John Malkovich.

Actress Rebecca Corry told the newspaper that Louis CK guest starred on a show she was working on in 2005, and that he asked to enter her dressing room to masturbate in front of her. When she refused, she claims his face reddened and “he told me he had issues.” In 2015, he apologized to her again, saying that he “used to misread people back then.”

Performer Abby Schachner described a similar incident from 2003, where she claimed Louis began to describe his sexual fantasies to her on the phone and that she could hear him masturbating. Later, he sent her a Facebook message that read, “I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did.” Schachner admits the experience discouraged her from pursuing a career in comedy.

Louis CK has yet to respond to these most recent allegations. Back in September, the comedian said he would not respond to what he called “rumors” being spread about him by contemporary Tig Notaro. “I don’t know why she said the things she’s said, I really don’t… I don’t think talking about that stuff in the press and having conversations over press lanes is a good idea,” he told the Times.

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