Louis C.K has made a living for years as a stand-up comic.
But the allegations made against the star this week by five women are the opposite of funny.
As previously detailed, a handful of alleged victims spoke to the New York Times yesterday and claimed that C.K. openly masturbated in front of them.
Rumors of the comedian’s inappropriate sexual actions had circulated online for years prior to this bombshell report.
Chicago comedy tandem Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov finally confirmed the chatter, however, stating that C.K. invited them up to his hotel room in 2002 for a drink while they were at a comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado.
He then asked the women if he could take his penis out.
They just sat there, awkwardly laughing and acting understandably confused over the request.
And then, Goodman said. “he proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
In the same article, comedian Abby Schachner said she could hear C.K. pleasuring himself over the phone during a conversation in 2003… while actress Rebecca Corry said she rejected C.K.’s request to jerk off in front of her two years later.
In response to the accusations, C.K. called off a Thursday appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Moreover, the Thursday night premiere of his new movie, I Love You, Daddy, was canceled by the film’s production company, The Orchard.
Said this company in a statement:
“In light of the allegations concerning Louis C.K. referenced in today’s New York Times, we are canceling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy.
“There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations.
“As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.”
And now, more fallout for C.K.
HBO announced in a statement that the star would no longer be part of its Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit that is scheduled to air live on Saturday night.
In addition, the cable network will remove his past projects from its on-demand services.
As for FX? Which has worked closely with C.K. for years on his Emmy-nominated series Louie?
In its own statement on Thursday, the network said it will launch an investigation, while adding that no allegations of misconduct by the comedian had been reported to executives at FX.
“We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today,” reads this statement.
“The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years.
“FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace.
“That said, the matter is currently under review.”
Elsewhere, as you can see above, celebrities from all industries have come forward and slammed C.K.
“I had a feeling most men didnt realize how prevalent it is. It’s very frightening and disorienting when it happens,” Tweeted Debra Messing.
C.K. has not yet responded to these allegations.
We’ll update this story with his quotes when or if he does.