Comedian Louis C.K. has responded to Thursday's New York Times report about how he sexually harassed numerous women. In a statement released Friday, C.K. admitted that the allegations are true and said he finally realized the negative impact of his actions.
C.K., who masturbated in front of multiple women without their consent, writes that he's remorseful for his actions and understands why what he did was wrong.
"What I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d--- isn't a question," he wrote. "It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."
C.K. quickly suffered professional consequences as a result of the Times story. Distribution company the Orchard canceled the release of his movie I Love You, Daddy, Netflix canceled a planned stand-up special, HBO dropped him from a benefit show and removed his stand-up special Oh My God and his sitcom Lucky Louie from its streaming and on-demand platforms, and FX is removing C.K. from his executive producer duties on all FX-produced shows he's involved in, including Baskets, Better Things, One Mississippi and The Cops.
When asked about the allegations as recent as September, C.K. had previously denied them, telling The New York Times that they were just "rumors."
Here's C.K.'s statement in full, via The Hollywood Reporter:
Pamela Adlon, who worked extensively with C.K. on Louie and whose show Better Things is executive produced by C.K., issued the following statement on Friday. "Hi. I'm here. I have to say something. It's so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able."