"What I said was, when you hear rumors about someone, and they ask you to go on the road with them, this is what being a woman in comedy is like-imagine if there's always a chance of rain over your head but [with] men, there isn't". The women accusing Louis C.K. of "sexual misconduct" state that he either masturbated in front of them or asked if he could.
In it, comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov allege that CK masturbated in front of them in a hotel room during the 2002 US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
In 2015, Gawker published a story titled "Louis C.K. Will Call You Up to Talk About His Alleged Sexual Misconduct", which included allegations that the comic exposed himself and masturbated in front of female comedians who were not named in the story.
In the hours before the report broke, C.K. allegedly canceled the premiere of his film I Love You, Daddy. He also abruptly canceled an appearance to promote the film on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.More news: Terry Crews reports Hollywood executive who 'groped his privates' to police
After sharing what happened to friends in the entertainment community, they said they faced backlash.
In August, comedian Tig Notaro distanced herself from C.K., who executive produced a show she created on Amazon, in an interview with the Daily Beast. Schachner said the experience discouraged her from pursuing a career in comedy.
"You want to believe it's not happening", she said, adding that she "felt very ashamed" because of the incident, as she looked up to Louis C.K.
Rumors about Louis C.K.'s alleged misconduct have been circulating since 2012, but the accusers hadn't come forward until now. The comedian was set to appear on the Thursday show but was replaced by William H. Macy on Wednesday evening. A tipster told the outlet he knew two women who were mistreated by the "Louie" star and said it seemed the comedian was "sizing me up" to "find out what I'd heard" during a subsequent phone conversation.
"'I used to misread people back then.'"
Louis C.K., whose comedy is crass, irreverent and upright male-centric, is notable for sex and masturbation jokes that leave audience members with side-splitting laughter, but in the awkward "WTF?" aftermath.