TBS has suspended production on the animated comedy series “The Cops,” which starred and was co-created by Louis C.K.
“Production on ‘The Cops’ has been suspended until further review,” a TBS spokesperson said in a statement.
The series follows Al (Albert Brooks) and Lou (C.K.), two Los Angeles patrolmen trying their best to protect and serve, sometimes failing at both, per the network’s description of the project. C.K. was also an executive producer on the project under his Pig Newton production banner.
The news of the suspension comes as the comedian faces escalating fallout following revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with multiple women during his career. Earlier on Friday, FX Networks and FX Productions, home to C.K.’s critically-acclaimed sitcom “Louie” and several other shows that he produced, announced that they were severing all ties with him and that he would receive no further compensation for any of the shows. In addition, C.K.’s management company 3 Arts Entertainment announced they were also ending their business relationship. Lewis Kay, partner at Kovert Creative and C.K.’s longtime PR rep, also said Friday that he has dropped him as a client.
The New York Times published a piece early Thurday alleging that C.K. had repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.
Among the women who went on the record with allegations against the comedian and TV producer were comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. They state in the story that he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate. The women described themselves as being “paralyzed” during the incident and running out of the hotel room after C.K. ejaculated.
C.K. admitted that the stories published by the New York Times were true in a statement he released Friday morning.
“These stories are true,” he wrote. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d–ck without asking first, which is also true. 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.”