“Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important. My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K.,” Adlon wrote. “I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.”
Adlon and C.K. have been frequent collaborators over the years, most recently co-creating the critically-acclaimed FX series “Better Things.” C.K. also served as a writer, director, and executive producer on the series, which stars Adlon as a single mother and actress. Adlon also co-starred in C.K.’s HBO series “Lucky Louie” and made multiple appearances on his FX series “Louie.”
FX announced on Friday that, in light of C.K. admitting the allegations against him are true, that they were severing all ties with him and that he would receive no further compensation for any of the shows he produced at the network. That includes “Better Things” and the Zach Galifianakis-led series “Baskets.”
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.
“These stories are true,” C.K. said in his statement. “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 d–k 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.”