Louis CK: Comedian issues apology on allegations of sexual misconduct saying 'these stories are true'

Louis CK: Comedian issues apology on allegations of sexual misconduct saying 'these stories are true'

Louis CK: Comedian issues apology on allegations of sexual misconduct saying 'these stories are true'

Updated 11 November 2017, 6:50 AEDT

Comedian Louis CK says allegations of sexual misconduct against him "are true" and expresses remorse for his actions, which included performing lewd acts in front of several women and over the phone.

US comedian Louis CK has confirmed that allegations against him by several women of sexual misconduct are true and said that he is sorry for his actions.

"These stories are true," he said in a statement.

Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against the Emmy-winning comedian in a New York Times report published on Thursday (local time), including three women who said he had masturbated in front of them.

CK released his statement after his upcoming film I Love You Daddy was scrapped for release on Friday, and Netflix Inc cancelled a planned special with the comedian because of the allegations.

"I have been remorseful of my actions. And I've tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I'm aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves," his statement added.

The comedian had previously declined comment on the New York Times story and Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the accusations.

CK is among the latest Hollywood figures to be accused of misconduct in a wave that began when dozens of sexual harassment allegations were reported last month against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Louis CK's full statement:

"I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.

"These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my [penis] 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 [penis] 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 have been remorseful of my actions. And I've tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I'm aware of the extent of the impact of my actions.

"I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.

"I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn't want to hear it.

"I didn't think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.

"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.

"I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.

"The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them.

"I'd be remiss to exclude the hurt that I've brought on people who I work with and have worked with who's [sic] professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy [sic].

"I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused.

"I've brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie and every other entity that has bet on me through the years.

"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.

"Thank you for reading."

AP/Reuters