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'There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for': Louis CK admits harassing women

The comedian said he would now take “a long time to listen” after issuing an apology to the women involved.

Comedian Louis CK Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Sonia Moskowitz / PA Images Sonia Moskowitz / PA Images / PA Images

COMEDIAN LOUIS CK says recent allegations of sexual misconduct are true and expressed remorse in a statement in which he admitted using his power “irresponsibly”.

The comedian issued a statement today saying the sexual misconduct claim by five women against him “are true” and he “can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them”.

He apologised to the cast and crew of several projects he’s been working on, his family, children and friends, his manager and the FX network.

The 438-word statement ends with the comedian vowing to stop talking and leave the spotlight, stating “I will now step back and take a long time to listen”.

He went on: “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.

At the time, I said to myself what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true.

Netflix, meanwhile, has said that it will not be making another edition of his stand-up show for its platform following the allegations.

The New York Times reported yesterday that a female Chicago comedy duo were invited by Louis CK to hang out in his hotel room where he then proceeded to take off his clothes and masturbate in front of them.

Three other women told similar stories to the paper. Actress Rebecca Corry said: “He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes’. He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.”

The women described a fear of speaking out, because of the perceived impact it would have on their careers.

A movie premiere of Louis CK’s latest film was due to take place yesterday evening, but was earlier cancelled before the publication of the New York Times story.

The film – I Love You, Daddy – is directed by the comedian. Its plot involves a successful TV producer who tries to prevent his 17-year-old daughter from falling for a 68-year-old film director.

With reporting from the Associated Press

Read: Comedian Louis CK and actor Steven Seagal latest to face accusations of sexual harassment

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