Louis CK has become the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual assault. His name had been added to a growing laundry list of Hollywood A-listers who have allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct.
Stars like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein have seen their careers tank amid the allegations. Rather than take responsibility for their actions, both have made themselves out to be victims by entering “treatment” and placing blame elsewhere. Spacey selfishly took the moment to publicly out himself as gay, somehow equating his sexual orientation with an excuse, and making the story about himself rather than his alleged victims.
Louis CK, however, decided to take a different path and owned up to the sexual assault claims against him. He willingly admitted to the harassment allegations from five women, who claim the comedian masturbated in from of them.
He is the first major celebrity to openly admit to his sexual misconduct. He is also the first to reveal how people in his position of power use their influence to silence their victims. You can read his full confession and response, which was published in several major newspapers, here:
“I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not.”
“These stories are true. 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. 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.”
“I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. 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.”
“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. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with. I wish I 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, including because I admired their work.”
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years. I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.”
It is too soon to say what kind of response Louis CK will receive from such a candid confession. Perhaps he is hoping this approach may have a softer impact on his career. Regardless, he has admitted to sexual assault, which is a serious offence, and in no way should his statement suggest sympathy or less severe repercussions for his actions. Hopefully by taking responsibility for his misconduct and owning up to what he did, it will offer a step in the right direction toward ending sexual abuse and harassment of women.
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