Numerous reports have been swirling around since 2012 about Louis C.K.’s alleged sexual misconduct to females in the comedy world. The rumors were born after comedian Jen Kirkman claimed that a comedian, who she all but names by name, would only let her go on tour with him if she watched him masturbate. She deems him a “known perv.” A Defamer report in May of 2015 claimed that Louis “[took] his penis out in front of uninterested and frightened girls.”
Since the allegations were made, Louis has been particularly dodgy in addressing them, telling New York Magazine, “I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not real.”
Well, in an interview with the Daily Beast, comedy legend Roseanne Barr echoed the sentiments made about Louis, claiming that “he’s about to get busted.”
“I’ve been speaking up,” she said, pausing briefly before naming names. “It’s Louis C.K., locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers. I can’t tell you—I’ve heard so many stories. Not just him, but a lot of them. And it’s just par for the course. It’s just shit women have to put up with.” (Louis C.K.’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.)
Roseanne then went on to clarify that although she does not have first-hand knowledge of the abuse, many of her colleagues have expressed Louis’ misconduct.
In a follow-up email to The Daily Beast, Barr added, “These allegations [against Louis C.K.] have been leveled and talked about for years. I do not have first hand knowledge, though have heard women make these allegations.”
Louis is at the top of the mountain in the comedy world, which may be why all these allegations have been kind of cryptic and indirect, but it’s hard to believe that a decently sized contingency in the comedy world is conspiring against him with such gross, specific allegations. Ugly situation any way you cut the pie.
[h/t Death and Taxes]