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As Louis CK confirms allegations, Hollywood rushes its damage control

Louis C.K. attends FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration at Craft on September 16, 2017 in Century City, California.
Louis C.K. attends FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration at Craft on September 16, 2017 in Century City, California.
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News broke Thursday with more sexual misconduct allegations in the entertainment industry, this time against comedian Louis C.K.

As the New York Times reported, C.K. had allegedly masturbated or asked to masturbate in front of five different women. Before the article emerged, C.K.'s representatives announced that his film premiere for “I Love You, Daddy” this week would be cancelled, causing the press to hypothesize that the move was done in anticipation of the Times' story. After the article broke, the film's distributor pulled out and said it would no longer release the film as planned.

Today, Louis C.K. released a statement in response to the allegations:

The entertainment industry’s response to C.K.’s allegations are following the path that pushed Kevin Spacey off his lucrative career course. First with the halt of the landmark Netflix series, “House of Cards,” then completely cutting Spacey out of the Ridley Scott Film, “All the Money in the World,” which is still scheduled to release in late December. Spacey was accused last month of sexually harassing actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was age 14.

But these allegations, along with others, which have come to light in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, are being described as “open secrets” in the industry. Now that abrupt backlash against sexual misconduct is becoming a pattern, how is Hollywood managing its damage control? If you're a C.K. fan, how will this affect your perspective of his comedy and past career?


Scaachi Koul, culture writer for BuzzFeed News; she has been following the story

Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, and co-host of YouTube’s “What the Flick?”;she tweets @christylemire

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and

Andy Klein, KPCC film critic

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