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It's been a harrowing few weeks in the world of TV and film. Following the myriad allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, we've seen the floodgates open in regards to sexual harassment and assault cases from powerful Hollywood men. These types of accusations have led to the demise of various projects and entertainment professionals like Kevin Spacey. And the past few days saw a handful of women came forward, claiming that comedian Louis CK exposed himself and masturbated in front of them. This has resulted in CK's projects being shut down, and now the actor/comedian has spoken out about the accusations. He's admitted to it all.
Louis CK issued a personal statement via social media, confirming the behavior detailed in the allegations against him. He wrote up a lengthy post (via USA Today) taking ownership for his actions, and apparently taking pause to truly listen to the alleged survivors. You can see some of his statement below.
These stories are 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, asking the to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power that I wielded over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.
Unlike the response from some of the other recently accused Hollywood royalty, Louis CK seems to really own up to the accusations made against his behavior throughout the years. And while taking responsibility is sure to be a bit of a relief for the accusers, it's unclear how exactly Louis CK's career could possibly move on from here.
Louis CK is the latest in a line of male Hollywood figures that have been accused of being sexually inappropriate with potential actors, crew members, or fans. While the comedian hasn't been accused of putting his hands on anyone, he was accused by five women of behavior including masturbating in front of them. He's since admitted to his wrongdoings, and seems ready to face the backlash that has already come down upon him.
And in just a day or two, we've seen all of the actor's projects shut down in quick succession. His independent film I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled indefinitely, just days before it was set to release. The film contains a fair amount of content that is unacceptable given Louis CK's behavior in the past, including a myriad of jokes about masturbation. Additionally, he has been dropped by both Netflix and HBO. Plus, FX has had to take action as well, despite the long working relationship he's had with the network through his show Louis.
But Louis CK certainly isn't alone as he watches his career decline in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Kevin Spacey has been disowned by Netflix and film studios, and Harvey Weinstein has been removed from both his company and the Film Academy. Accusers have also come out against Jeremy Piven, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner, and Charlie Sheen. And while its sobering to hear about the misconduct that was permitted for years in Hollywood, hopefully this will lead to a change in perspective and shift for the landscape of entertainment.