"These stories are true," he said in a statement published on Friday. The report published by The New York Times cited five women who stated Louis C.K. engaged in sexual misconduct, which included the comedian masturbating in front of them.
"At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true," C.K. said in his statement. "But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."
He goes on to say that he's remorseful: "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with ... The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else."
In addition to his own show "Louie," C.K. is an executive producer on several series, including "Better Things" and "Baskets." As CNN shares, Netflix has pulled plans for further stand-up specials with the comedian. The release of his forthcoming movie, "I Love You, Daddy," is on hold.
"I've brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother," C.K. says. "I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen."
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