Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct toward several women, including masturbating in front of them to their horror and embarrassment, according to a report in The New York Times.
Five women — including comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry — allege the Emmy-winning star of FX's Louie either pleasured himself in front of them, asked to do it or did so over the phone. A fifth woman detailed her allegations against C.K. to the paper but was not identified.
A publicist for C.K. did not immediately respond to comment from The Associated Press. Another publicist told the Times the comedian would not respond to their reporting.
Corry alleges the comedian, while she was working on a TV pilot in 2005, asked "if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me." She declined "and he told me he had issues." The show's executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette confirmed Corry's account to the Times. Cindy Guagenti, Arquette's representative, told The AP her client had nothing more to add.
In anticipation of the report, the New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s controversial new film I Love You, Daddy was canceled on Thursday night and C.K.'s scheduled Friday appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert also has been scrapped. The small distribution company handling the release of I Love You Daddy said it is reviewing the situation and giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film.