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Nov,11 2017 10:40 16 IST

With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis CK confessed to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence “irresponsibly.”

Louis CK. Image courtesy: Facebook

Louis CK. Image courtesy: Facebook

The comedian said in a statement that the harassment claims by five women detailed in a New York Times report published Thursday “are true.”

“I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them,” he said.

“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” he wrote. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”

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

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.”

The comedian stepped forward on the same day the indie distributor The Orchard said it will scrap the release of C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy. CK has already been edited out of the upcoming HBO benefit Night of Too Many Stars and his work is being scrubbed from the cable network’s vaults.

More fallout came when Netflix said it will not produce a second planned standup special starring the comedian, citing his “unprofessional and inappropriate behavior.” He had been tapped for two specials, with the first airing in April. At least five of the comedian’s stand-up specials remain on Netflix.

In a further blow, FX Networks and FX Productions said they are ending their association with C.K., which means cancellation of a deal with his production company, Pig Newton, and removing him as executive producer on the four shows FX is making with him, including Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops. His compensation is ended as well, FX said.

CK behaved professionally on all his series for FX, “as far as we know,” according to a statement.

“However, now is not the time for him to make television shows,” FX said. “Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement.”

Actress and writer Pamela Adlon, whose work with C.K. includes TV’s Better Things, said  that she and her family “are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner.”

“I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward,” she wrote, asking for privacy to process the situation before she could say more.

He lost another film, when Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment said they have “terminated their relationship” with CK on the planned animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets 2.

CK provided the voice of Max the dog in The Secret Life of Pets, which was released last year.


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