"I lost $35million in an hour"
Louis CK reportedly used a recent stand-up comedy set to address the controversy surrounding recent sexual misconduct allegations.
An article published by the New York Times last year shone a light on claims from five women – all of whom have worked with the comedian in some capacity – about alleged inappropriate behaviour by CK. The claims included CK allegedly masturbating in front of female comedians.
He then responded, confirming to fans that “the stories were true”.
The comedian then returned to the stage for a divisive surprise performance in August, before continuing his run earlier this month.
Now, LaughSpin report that another performance last week saw CK address the allegations made against him, during a period in which he said he’d “been to hell and back”.
“It’s been a weird year,” he said, before detailing the backlash from the industry and fellow comedians in the wake of the scandal. Several companies, includes FX and Netflix, severed ties with the comedian. He later moved to buy back the rights to the film I Love You, Daddy after the release was shelved by distributors.
Speaking about the move during last week’s comedy set CK reportedly told the audience: “I lost $35 million in an hour”.
Written and directed by Louis CK, I Love You, Daddy also starred CK alongside Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlie Day, John Malkovich, Pamela Adlon, Rose Byrne and Helen Hunt. The movie was set to open in cinemas on November 17 last year, but was dropped by indie distributor The Orchard, who said that it would “not be moving forward with the release”.
Some of the scenes in I Love You, Daddy have caused controversy following the CK scandal. It has been reported that in one scene, a character pretends to masturbate in front of others, while elsewhere a character dismisses rumours of sexual misconduct.
C.K’s New York show comes after his first comeback set in August – which saw him attracting controversy for including a “rape joke”.
Speaking of his actions at the time of confession, CK said that he would be taking the time to “step back and take a long time to listen”.
“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,” he said. “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.”
CK admitted to taking “advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community” and that he wishes he 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”.
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” CK says. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”