Another big name has joined the list of Hollywood A-listers accused of sexual misconduct. Comedian Louis C.K. has now been accused by five different women of inappropriate sexual conduct. All five charges are related to him requesting them to be an audience while he pleasured himself.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounter with C.K. Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
While these allegations may be new to the general public, it has been an issue that has been floating around Hollywood for quite a while.
Once in 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman described a male comic that many believed to be C.K. during an episode of her podcast. In the podcast, which was deleted shortly after it was posted, Kirkman spoke of "another guy who is a very famous comic. He is probably at Cosby level at this point. He is lauded as a genius. He is basically a French filmmaker at this point. You know, new material every year. He's a known perv. And there's a lockdown on talking about him. His guy friends are standing by him, and you cannot say a bad thing about him. And I've been told by people 'Well then say it then. Say it if it's true.' If I say it, my career is over. My manager and my agent have told me that."
Even top comedians such as Roseanne Barr have spoken about it. In 2016, Barr stated in a Daily Beast interview that she had heard from multiple women that C.K. had engaged in behavior like that described earlier. "It's Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers," she said. "I can't tell you-I've heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it's just par for the course. It's just s-t women have to put up with."
Neither Louis C.K. nor his representatives have commented on these allegations. For now, he joins an ever-growing list of accused sexual predictors. He is joined by the recently accused Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, and Brett Ratner, to name a few.