Louis C.K. shot down rumors about his alleged sexual misconduct that resurfaced thanks to fellow comic Tig Notaro.
C.K. tiptoed around the long-standing rumors that he has repeatedly sexually assaulted women by masturbating in front of them for just the second time this week, and, as he did last year with Vulture, dismissed the claims as nothing more than rumors.
“I’m not going to answer that stuff, because they’re rumors,” he told the New York Times. “If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real. No (it’s not real). They’re rumors, that’s all it is.”
Though the claims have been circulating for years, thanks in part to two bombshell articles published by Gawker in 2012 and 2015, they resurfaced recently, due to his controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy,” and comments made by “One Mississippi” creator and actress Tig Notaro.
C.K. helped launch Notaro’s career in 2012 with the sale of her famous stand-up special “Hello, I Have Cancer,” and he’s listed as an executive producer on “One Mississippi.”
But in an interview last month, Notaro slammed the comic for failing to properly address the allegations.
Louis C.K. maintained that sexual misconduct allegations were simply rumors.
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“I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted,” she told the Daily Beast. “It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious.”
A scene in the new season of “One Mississippi” portrays a reel life version of the rumors, and features a female character who discovers her boss masturbating as she attempts to talk with him during a pitch meeting.
Notaro noted that she has not spoken to C.K. in a year and a half, and that, despite his EP credit, the comic has nothing do with the show.
“We wanted to show that you can be assaulted without even being touched,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of the scene. “Nothing can be said and you are still horrifically violated and scared.”
Tig Notaro called out C.K. for failing to address the rumors.
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For his part, C.K. told the Times that he was baffled as to why Notaro felt the need to speak out against him.
“I don’t know why she said the things she’s said, I really don’t,” he said. “I don’t think talking about that stuff in the press and having conversations over press lanes is a good idea.”
Notaro’s not the first actress to call him out. In 2016, Roseanne Barr told the Daily Beast that she’d heard “so many stories” about C.K. locking the door and masturbating in front of women comics and writers.