Louis C.K. has issued a public apology for behaving inappropriately around women after five ladies came forward with disturbing stories about him.
In an article published Thursday by New York Times, the comedian is accused of incidents including exposing himself and masturbating in front of women who looked up to him as a star and businessman and did not want sexual advances. Louis responded Friday with a statement in which he admitted, "These stories are true."
"I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position," he revealed. "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. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for."
"I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want," he concluded. "I will now step back and take a long time to listen."
Social media was quick to point out that he publicly denied any sexual misconduct just a few months ago.
"I'm not going to answer to that stuff, because they're rumors," he told NYT in September. "If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real."
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