NEW YORK — Several women are accusing comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct at a Aspen hotel in a story published in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Five women — including comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov and Rebecca Corry — allege the Emmy-winning star of FX’s “Louie” either pleasured himself in front of them, asked to do it or did so over the phone.
The article claims Louis C.K. invited comedians Goodman and Wolov up to his hotel room at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2002.
The women say that while they were in their winter jackets, he asked if he could “take out his penis.”
“And then he really did it,” Goodman said in an interview with the Times. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
A publicist for C.K. did not immediately respond to comment from The Associated Press. Another publicist told the Times the comedian would not respond to their reporting.
In anticipation of the report, the New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s controversial new film “I Love You, Daddy” was canceled on Thursday night and C.K.’s scheduled Friday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” also has been scrapped.
C.K. is among the latest Hollywood figures to be accused of misconduct in a wave that began when dozens of sexual harassment allegations were reported last month against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Known for his candid, warts-and-all personal humor, which often includes bodily fluids and sex, C.K. grew up outside Boston.
He performed stand-up sets in New York and eventually landed writing gig on Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” and David Letterman’s “Late Show.”
He went on to become the head writer of “The Dana Carvey Show” from 1995 to 1996 and contributed to the animated “TV Funhouse” vignettes on “Saturday Night Live.”
He was a writer on “The Chris Rock Show” and voiced patients on the Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.”
He also wrote and directed the film “Pootie Tang” with Rock, an infamous bomb. His recent TV series are “Baskets,” ”Horace and Pete” and “Better Things.”
His new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” had its premiere this summer at the Toronto International Film Festival. C.K., who co-starred in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” said he and co-writer Vernon Chatman wanted to make a movie about beloved artists who are trailed by murmurs of scandal.
Some also see the black-and-white 35-millimeter film as C.K.’s response to his own controversies.
Allegations of questionable sexual behavior long have dogged C.K. and Roseanne Barr has said there are “multiple accusations” and comedian Tig Notaro advised C.K. to “handle” the rumors.
In the film, C.K. plays a successful TV producer whose 17-year-old daughter begins a relationship with an older director. It spawns a kind of crisis for C.K.’s character, who has his own issues with how he treats women.