Louis C.K. has stepped forward and confessed to the allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently come out against him.
“These stories are true,” the comedian said via a statement on Friday, according to CNN.
The New York Times released a damning story on Thursday in which multiple women accused the famous stand-up comedian of various forms of sexual impropriety, including either masturbating in front of them or requesting to do so.
“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,” the comedian said.
“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.”
C.K.'s newest film, “I Love You, Daddy,” has been withheld from distribution indefinitely by its distributor in light of the accusations against the comedian.
Additionally, HBO announced C.K. would not be appearing at their upcoming event “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs.” Netflix, for its part, has also reneged on moving forward with future projects involving the comedian.
“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,” C.K. said in his statement. “The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else.”