Comedian Louis C.K. confessed to exposing himself to five women and apologized to them and the people he works with.
“These stories are true,” the 50-year-old comedian, whose real name is Louis Szekely, said on Twitter Friday. “I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious about other men who would never have put them in that position.”
Media companies large and small have cut ties with the entertainer following allegations raised in the New York Times. 21st Century Fox Inc.’s FX Networks ended its relationship with Szekely, who was producing four shows with the network, and Netflix Inc. on Friday canceled a stand-up special. A film distributor also halted plans to release his new movie. The Times on Thursday reported on several women who said the entertainer masturbated in front of them.
“Now is not the time for him to make television shows,” FX said in a statement. “Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement.”
FX’s “Louie” has earned numerous awards since it debuted in 2010, including an Emmy Award for outstanding writing in 2012. The show catapulted Szekely, a well-regarded stand-up comedian, to the highest levels of the entertainment industry.
Szkeley had taken a hiatus from the show, and FX said he would no longer be involved in the four other shows they were making together, “Better Things,” Baskets,” “One Mississippi” and “The Cops.”
The Netflix cancellation ends a two-special deal signed in February. The first show, titled “Louis C.K. 2017” was filmed in Washington and became available in April. That show and four others by the entertainer were still available on the streaming service as of Friday. Separately, the Orchard said it won’t release Szekely’s new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” according to the Times.
Time Warner Inc.’s HBO on Thursday dropped Szekely specials from its on-demand service and said he won’t appear as planned on an upcoming Nov. 18 program for charity. The comic will no longer participate in “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs,” HBO said in a statement. His specials for the network include 2005’s “One Night Stand” and 2007’s “Shameless.”