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Louis C.K. admits to sexual harassment claims

Comedian says in a statement that the harassment claims by five women are true

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With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confessed to performing sex acts in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence “irresponsibly.”

The comedian said in a statement that the harassment claims by five women detailed in a New York Times report published on 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 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, 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.”

FALL FROM GRACE

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. C.K. 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 on Friday when Netflix said it will not produce a second planned standup special starring the comedian, citing his “unprofessional and inappropriate behaviour.” 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.

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

“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.”

C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, announced on Friday on Twitter that “As of today, I no longer represent Louis C.K.”

C.K. is the latest high-profile man caught in a flood of accusations that began after an October report in the New York Times alleging that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed or assaulted several women. Others who face sexual harassment or assault accusations include House of Cards star Kevin Spacey and filmmaker Brett Ratner.

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