LOS ANGELES ‚ÄĒ U.S. comedian Louis C.K. said Friday allegations against him by several women of sexual misconduct are true and apologized for his actions.
‚ÄúThese stories are true,‚ÄĚ he said in a statement emailed to Reuters and other news outlets.
Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against the Emmy-winning comedian in a New York Times report published Thurs-day, including three women who said he had masturbated in front of them. The allegations dated back 15 years.
C.K released his statement after his upcoming film ‚ÄúI Love You Daddy‚ÄĚ was scrapped for release on Friday, and Netflix canceled a planned special with the comedian.
‚ÄúI have been remorseful of my actions. And I‚Äôve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I‚Äôm aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves,‚ÄĚ his statement added.
He is the latest celebrity in the entertainment business to be accused of sexual misconduct by people coming forward in the wake of allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.