Sarah Silverman addressed allegations of sexual misconduct against her close friend Louis C.K. in a monologue on her Hulu show, "I Love You, America,” which aired on Thursday night.
"I wish I could sit this one out. But then I remembered something I said on this very show: that if it's mentionable, it's manageable. So I'm going to address the elephant masturbating in the room."
Silverman became deeply emotional while speaking about the allegations. According to National Public Radio, Silverman and the comedian have been best friends for over two decades.
"I love Louie. But Louie did these things.” Silverman said. “Both of those statements are true. So, I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them? I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they're victims because of something he did. [...] I believe with all my heart that this moment in time is essential. It's vital that people are held accountable for their actions, no matter who they are. We need to be better. We will better. I can't [expletive] wait to be better."
She likened holding those accountable for sexual misconduct and assault as cutting tumors out.
"It's good. It's like cutting out tumors — it's messy and it's complicated and it is gonna hurt, but it's necessary and we'll all be healthier for it."
Earlier this months, the New York Times published an expose on Louis C.K., in which five women accuse him of sexual misconduct and of masturbating or trying to masturbate in front of them. Just one day after that bombshell article, C.K. released a statement that confessed that the allegations were all true.
"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. 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. [...] "I've brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother. 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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