The planned premiere of Louis CK's film I Love You, Daddy has been canceled, as has CK's planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert according to a story that just appeared on the website of the Hollywood Reporter.
The cancellations are evidently in anticipation of a New York Times story that is expected to address the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been following CK around for at least five years. The Times story is expected to break today or tomorrow.
What the Times calls the "unsubstantiated internet rumors of sexual misconduct with female comics" were first published by Defamer in 2015, which reported that CK had "masturbated in front of women at inappropriate times." In 2012, Gawker had published a blind item called "Which Beloved Comedian Likes to Force Female Comics to Watch Him Jerk Off?" which contained the following scene:
At the Aspen Comedy Festival a few years ago, he invited a female comedy duo back to his hotel room. The two ladies gladly joined him, and offered him some weed. He turned it down, but asked if it would be OK if he took his dick out.
Thinking he was joking (that's exactly the kind of thing this guy would say), the women gave a facetious thumbs up. He wasn't joking. When he actually started jerking off in front of them, the ladies decided that wasn't their bag and made for the exit. But the comedian stood in front of the door, blocking their way with his body, until he was done.
One of the ladies was so shaken by the episode that she complained to the festival's organizers about the comedian's behavior. She promptly received a call from his extremely powerful manager explaining that, if she valued her career, she would drop it. She valued her career.
CK has been defiant in refusing to deny the rumors in public.
"No. I don’t care about that. That’s nothing to me. That’s not real. You can’t touch stuff like that. There’s one more thing I want to say about this, and it’s important: If you need your public profile to be all positive, you’re sick in the head. I do the work I do, and what happens next I can’t look after. So my thing is that I try to speak to the work whenever I can. Just to the work and not to my life."
Then, during the Toronto Film Festival, where I Love You, Daddy premiered in September of this year, the NY Times asked him about them again. “I’m not going to answer to that stuff," he responded, "because they’re rumors. If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real.”
The closest he has come to a denial came when the writer, Cara Buckley, pressed him to specify whether or not there was any truth to the rumors:
"So, it's not real?" she wrote.
“No.” he responded. “They’re rumors, that’s all that is.”
Buckley also asked CK to address the Daily Beast profile of comedian Tig Notaro, on whose show, One Mississippi, CK is credited as executive producer, in which Notaro asked if CK had ever acknowledged the rumors, then said “I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted. It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious.”
CK's response was: “I don’t know why she said the things she’s said, I really don’t. I don’t think talking about that stuff in the press and having conversations over press lanes is a good idea.”