Five women detail sexual misconduct claims against comedian Louis CK

His accusers include comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, who allege that he stripped naked and masturbated in front of them in 2002.

Abby Schachner accuses CK of masturbating during a phone conversation in 2003, while Rebecca Corry claims that the star asked if he could masturbate in front of her during the filming of a TV pilot in 2005.

The women, in a bombshell New York Times story, describe a pattern of behavior that included C.K. masturbating in front of them or asking them to watch him do so.

One scene in the movie features a character pantomiming masturbation for an extended period of time, though Louis CK told the Times in September that it was not intended as an allusion to the rumors.

The Orchard has canceled Thursday's NY premiere of Louis C.K.'s controversial new film "I Love You, Daddy".

Thursday night's NY premiere for the film was scrapped at the last minute, reported Deadline, as rumours of the Times expose began to swirl. "It's amusing. I didn't think of that". Rebecca says she opted to keep things going.

"And then he really did it", Goodman told The Times. When Louis C.K. invited them to hang out in his hotel room for a nightcap after their late-night show, they did not think twice.

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The women's allegations called into question whether C.K.'s comedic schtick - he's known for his candor about his sexual hang-ups and his frequent talk about masturbation in his act - has served as a longtime cover for real misconduct.

Louis CK has been forced to cancel the premiere of his new film following allegations of sexual misconduct. "We're depicting oxygen-rich people who live in these lovely apartments and offices saying whatever they want", he said.

His appearance on CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday also was canceled, with William H. Macy taking his place.

"I do not have firsthand knowledge, though have heard women make these allegations", she later added.

A spokesman for Louis C.K. didn't return immediate messages for comment.

The rumors resurfaced again in August when comedian Tig Notaro, who's worked with C.K., said she was distancing herself from him, citing the longstanding rumors of sexual misconduct. Weinstein could also soon face criminal charges, after multiple women accused him of rape in the weeks since the Times story first broke.

  • Michelle Webb