Three women said the comedian masturbated in front of them in person, while one woman said he masturbated while talking to her on the phone. Another woman said C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her but that she declined.
C.K. declined to respond to the Times regarding the allegations on Thursday.
“Louis is not going to answer any questions,” Lewis Kay, C.K.’s publicist, told the Times.
Kay responded to Business Insider’s request for comment on Friday, saying, “In the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement.”
Here are all the women who have accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct:
Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, a Chicago-based comedy duo, told the Times that Louis C.K. invited them to his hotel room while attending the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002.
They said that as soon as they got to his room, C.K. asked them if he could masturbate in front of them. They said they thought it was a joke.
“And then he really did it,” Goodman told the Times. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
Goodman and Wolov said that they told others about the incident, and heard that C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky, was upset that they were talking about it. They told The Times they feared a backlash against their careers.
Rebecca Corry, a comedian, actress, and writer, told The Times that C.K. asked her if he could masturbate in front of her while the two were appearing on a television pilot in 2005.
Corry said she declined, and that C.K.’s “face got red, and he told me he had issues.”
The Times report said the show’s executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, were informed about the incident.
In an email, Cox told The Times she felt “outrage and shock.” She added that they had discussed shutting down production but that Corry decided to continue.
Abby Schachner, a writer, illustrator, and performer, told The Times that she called C.K. in 2003 to invite him to one of her shows. She said that during the phone conversation, she could hear him masturbating as they spoke.
She said that the conversation started out personal before turning to “unprofessional and inappropriate” subject matter. She said she then realized that he was masturbating.
Schachner told The Times that the call went on for several minutes.
“I definitely wasn’t encouraging it,” she said. “You want to believe it’s not happening.”
When pretty much every industry out there is involved, it’s naive to simply point the finger at these institutions and damn them for perpetuating a systemic issue.
To be sure, toxic workplace cultures are partially to blame — companies with these values are far more susceptible to sexual harassment.
But don’t let these characterizations lull you into a false sense of security. Sexual harassment is a problem that affects everyone — not just those in high-profile positions or industries.
Sexual harassment is more rampant than you want to think
Overall, about one in three people (31%) in the US admit to having been sexually harassed at work, according to a poll from Business Insider’s partner, MSN.
MSN polls its readers and then uses machine learning to model how a representative sample of the US would have responded, using big data, such as the Census. It’sas accurateas a traditional, scientific survey.
For women, the situation is drastically more dire.
Overall, 45% of women polled said they have been sexually harassed at work. This translates to about 33.6 million women in the US.
The group that experienced the most harassment were women between the ages 30 and 44 — almost half (49%) said they had been sexually harassed at work. Not far behind, 47% of women ages 45 to 64 said they were sexually harassed at work, followed by 41% of women ages 18 to 20, and finally 40% of women 65 or older.
Sexual harassment at work doesn’t just affect women.
While 15% of men said they had been sexually harassed at work, a higher proportion of men between the ages of 30 and 44 said they had been sexually harassed in the workplace: 22%.
But Carlson did not walk away from the accusation unscathed.
AtFortune’s Most Powerful Women (MPW) Summit in October, the TV journalist said she faced concentrated backlash on social media when she came forward, and many people close to her distanced themselves. “You find out who your friends are in a big way,” she said. “It can be a very alone experience.”
Carlson also said that, for many people who confront sexual harassmenthead-on, the fallout can often be steep:
“First of all, if you do come forward, you’ll be labeled a ‘troublemaker’ or a ‘bitch.’ More importantly, you won’t be believed. And, some people have even suggested that you do it for money or fame.”
Carlson said it takes courage to put your career on the line and report sexual harassment in the workplace.
“When you know that that’s the culture that we still live in … it’s the most important decision of your life to dig deep for that courage, to know that you might torpedo everything that you’ve worked so hard for,” she said.
It’s unsurprising, then, that 73% of the women who said they had been sexually harassed at work also said that they never reported it. Of the men that said they were sexually harassed at work, 81% said they never reported it.
Sexual harassment can happen anywhere, anytime, and be perpetrated by anyone
Certain factors may make organizations or institutions more susceptible to instances of sexual harassment.
This could happen literally anywhere — and in many places, it seems that it already has.
When asked to rate their employers’ efforts against sexual harassment, 42% of the people MSN polled overall said their employers have done enough, while 26% said they haven’t.
But when you ask women, who are disproportionately more likely to experience sexual harassment at work, the number of people satisfied with their employers’ approach to sexual harassment at work drops to 36%, while 33% of women say their employers haven’t done enough.
What’s more, with 31% of the American workforce reporting they’ve been sexually harassed at work, if you work at a company with at least three people, odds are either you or one of your coworkers has been sexually harassed at work.
While this means you may not be affected directly, you are undoubtedly affected indirectly by the financial and emotional damage sexual harassment’s causes.
According to Working Woman Magazine, a typical Fortune 500 corporation blighted by sexual harassment incidents can expect to lose $14.02 million adjusted for inflation annually from absenteeism, lower productivity, increased health-care costs, poor morale, and employee turnover.
In fact, thanks to the growing number of allegations, Business Insider’s Lauren Lyons Cole reports that some companies are purchasing employee practices liability insurance to protect against the financial risk of sexual harassment.
These policies have become a multi-billion dollar industry, with companies collectively paying over $2 billion in EPLI premiums last year.
An avalanche of claims of sexual harassment, assault and rape by hugely influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have surfaced. — AFP picNEW YORK, Nov 9 — Harvey Weinstein has hired one of America’s most celebrated criminal defence lawyers to represent him in New York, a spokesperson for the disgraced mogul said yesterday, as Manhattan prosecutors reportedly prepare a case against him.
Adding Benjamin Brafman to his legal team would be a clear sign that the 65-year-old, twice-married father of five fears possible criminal charges in Manhattan for alleged rape.
Brafman’s past clients include the rapper Sean Combs, who was acquitted of weapons charges, and former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who ultimately escaped criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault in 2011.
Brafman’s office, contacted by AFP, did not immediately comment.
US media reported Tuesday that Manhattan’s district attorney was preparing a criminal case against Weinstein. New York police confirm a credible rape allegation against him and have said they are gathering evidence for a possible arrest warrant.
“We do not believe an indictment of Mr Weinstein is imminent,” the spokesperson for Weinstein said in a statement yesterday.
“A formal presentation will be made on Mr Weinstein’s behalf in the appropriate course of the investigation, and we strongly believe we will demonstrate that no criminal charges are warranted.”
The district attorney’s office declined to comment.
Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta publicly accused Weinstein of raping her twice at her New York apartment in late 2010.
New York police called her narrative “credible and detailed.”
Around 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct since a New York Times expose was published in early October, with allegations ranging from harassment to rape. Weinstein denies any non-consensual relations.
The New Yorker has called Brafman “the last of the big-time defense attorneys”.
One of his other clients is former hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, once dubbed “The Most Hated Man in America”.
When Shkreli was convicted on only three of eight counts at a Brooklyn securities fraud trail, he called Brafman “the greatest lawyer on the planet”.
The Strauss-Kahn criminal case collapsed when his accuser changed her story. He subsequently paid her undisclosed damages, which reportedly exceeded US$1.5 million (RM6.34 million). — AFP