Five women accuse Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 3:25 PM

Louis C.K. Fast Facts

Five women have come forward in a New York Times story released Thursday afternoon to allege that comedian Louis C.K. acted inappropriately with them in the past.

Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said that in 2002, they were invited by the comedian to his hotel room for a nightcap after a show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The women were under the impression that it would be cordial meeting.

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The women said C.K. asked if he could expose himself. The women laughed it off as a joke.

“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman told the publication. 

The women told others about the incident and said the comedian’s manager was upset that they were discussing it publicly.

“I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating,” Wolov said.

The duo are among five others who came forward to the publication with similar allegations. 

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Abby Schachner said that, while she was on a call with C.K. in 2003, she could hear the actor pleasuring himself.

Rebecca Corry said she was working with C.K. on a pilot in 2005 and said in a statement to the New York Times that the actor asked if he could pleasure himself in front of her. She turned him down. 

“His face got red,” she said, “and he told me he had issues.”

Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who worked as an executive producer on the show, confirmed the incident. 

“What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” Cox said in an email. 

A fifth woman spoke on the condition of anonymity. The woman, who said she worked in production on “The Chris Rock Show” in the late 1990s, said that she was repeatedly asked by the C.K. to watch him pleasure himself. He was a writer and producer on the show at the time.

Ahead of the story’s publication, the New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s movie, “I Love You Daddy,” was canceled. Representatives for the premiere cited “unexpected circumstances,” according to The Hollywood Reporter

Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women.(Rich Fury/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Schnase said that she got a Facebook message from C.K. in 2009 apologizing.

“Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion,” he wrote, according to The Times. “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry.”

“I remember thinking what a repulsive person I was being by responding the way that I did,” he wrote.

Corry told The Times she received an email from C.K. in 2015 in which he said he owed her a “very very very late apology.”

Louis C.K was interviewed by The Times at the TorontoInternational Film Festival in Sept. 2016, where “I Love You, Daddy,” was being screened. According to the publication, he dismissed stories of his alleged sexual misconduct and referred to them as “rumors.” 

“I’m not going to answer to that stuff, because they’re rumors,” C.K. said. “If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real,” he added.

“They’re rumors, that’s all that is,” he said.

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Morgan Freeman says ‘I did not assault women’ after apology, allegations of sexual assault

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:05 AM

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Morgan Freeman has issued another statement since eight women have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

On Thursday, CNN reported that eight women said that Freeman interacted inappropriately with women in varying work environments. The report said that people described a pattern of the behavior by Freeman while on set, while promoting movies and at Freeman’s production company.

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After the report emerged, Freeman issued an apology, saying, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

In a new statement, People reported, Freeman is denying the allegations, saying he apologized Thursday for unintentionally upsetting people with his comments in the past.

Freeman’s full statement can be read below.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports. All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.

I admit that I am someone who feels a need to try to make women — and men — feel appreciated and at ease around me. As a part of that, I would often try to joke with and compliment women, in what I thought was a light-hearted and humorous way. Clearly I was not always coming across the way I intended. And that is why I apologized Thursday and will continue to apologize to anyone I might have upset, however unintentionally.

“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

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Watch a preview for Kanye West, Kim Kardashian’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ episode

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:42 PM

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The Kardashian family will take on the West family on "Celebrity Family Feud" June 10 on ABC. (Photo by ABC/Byron Cohen)(ABC/Byron Cohen/ABC)

A preview for an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” featuring Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and the Kardashian family has been released with a premiere date.

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Set to air in June, a preview for the season 4 premiere episode shows host Steve Harvey asking Kris Jenner and West to “name a reason you think Steve Harvey is a good kisser.”

“Lips,” West says, beating Jenner to the buzzer.

“I’m here to win, bro. I’m here to win,” West said.

The show was taped in February. Initially, the Kardashians were supposed to compete against Paris Hilton’s family, but they reportedly turned it down. Instead, West and Kardashian West were on a team with members of West’s family. Competing against them is Team Kardashian-Jenner, comprised of Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kris’ mother Mary Jo Campbell and Cici Bussey, one of their cousins.

Watch a preview clip for “Celebrity Family Feud” below. The episode premieres June 10.

  

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Ivanka Trump defends Serena Williams, slamming her status as unseeded at French Open

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Tennis great Serena Williams plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. 
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Tennis great Serena Williams plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump is defending tennis great Serena Williams and slamming Williams’ lack of seeding at the French Open, calling it a penalty for being pregnant.

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“This is ridiculous,” Trump said on Twitter. “Serena Williams is a formidable athlete (best ever) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child.”

French Open officials announced this week they would not give Williams a seeding based on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. The 23-time Grand Slam champion and three-time French Open winner is ranked No. 453 by the WTA.

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“This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women's seeds based on the WTA ranking,” French Tennis Federation officials aid in a statement to The Associated Press. “Consequently, (the seeds) will reflect this week's world ranking.” 

“The WTA should change this rule immediately,” Trump said.

Williams took 14 months off to have her first child and was No. 1 in the rankings at the last Grand Slam she played, the 2017 Australia Open, before taking time off to give birth in what turned out to be a difficult pregnancy, including six weeks of bed rest.

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Without seeding at the French Open, Williams could potentially have a tough time in the early rounds, having to face top-ranked players right off the bat, instead of in later rounds. 

Tennis legend, Serena Williams, recently spoke to Extra about returning to the sport. She recently gave birth to her first child, a daughter Alexis Olympia. She welcomed her baby with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Following Olympia's birth, Serena talked publicly about her postpartum emergency. After giving birth, she had life-threatening blood clots. Serena explained, It was a tough pregnancy

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Elizabeth Sung, ‘Joy Luck Club,’ ‘Young and the Restless’ star, dies

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

Elizabeth Sung attends the opening night premiere of 'Searching' at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at Directors Guild Theatre on May 3, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. She died at the age of 63.
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Elizabeth Sung attends the opening night premiere of 'Searching' at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival at Directors Guild Theatre on May 3, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. She died at the age of 63.(Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Sung, who had a long career on the small and big screen, has died.

Sung may be most well known as her character as Luan Violen Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera. She was on the show in 1994 through 1996, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

She also appeared on the small screen in series across networks, including “Hawaii-Five-O,” “The Sopranos,” “Bones” and “Charmed.”

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On the big screen, Sung starred in “The Joy Luck Club,”  “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”

She was born and raised in Hong Kong, studying ballet. She graduated from The Julliard School, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Sung’s cause of death has not been released. She was 63 years old and survived by her husband, Peter Tulipan, Fox News reported.

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