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Female Comedians Say Louis C.K. Masturbated in Front of Them Without Their Consent

From TIME - November 9, 2017

Five women came forward publicly to accuse Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a new New York Times investigation.

The accusations, which date back as far as the late 1990s, come primarily from other working comedians. Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov claim that the comedian took out his penis and masturbated in front of them in 2002. Abby Schachner said she could hear him masturbating on the phone in 2003. Rebecca Corry alleged that he asked if he could masturbate in front of her in 2005, which she declined. A fifth woman, who remained anonymous, said he repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate in the 90s.

A spokesperson for C.K. did not immediately respond to TIMEs request for comment on the allegations. That same spokesperson told the Times that the comedian would not answer questions and did not respond to the papers further inquiries.

The Times investigation, which was co-authored by Jodi Kantor, one of the reporters behind the papers bombshell report about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, marks the first time that women have gone on the record with accusations about C.K. But there have long been whispers about the comedians alleged behavior, as the Times story notes.

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