Louis C.K. responds to sexual misconduct claims, says allegations ‘are true’

In a lengthy statement following multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confirmed the accounts took place as described.

The New York Times, which first published the allegations, also posted his response.

“These stories are true,” he wrote. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was O.K. because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true.”

Louis C.K. has been accused of multiple inappropriate acts, including masturbating in front of women. He acknowledged in his statement that his status in the entertainment industry provided him protection.

“I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it,” he wrote.

As CNN reported, several projects involving Louis C.K. have been scrapped in the wake of the scandal, including the release of the film “I Love You, Daddy.”