Louis CK’s film release scrapped amid sex allegations
The release of US comedian Louis CK’s new movie has been scrapped after five women levelled sexual misconduct allegations against him.
I Love You Daddy was due to have been released in the US on 17 November.
But it was dropped after four accusers told the New York Times he masturbated during interactions with them and a fifth said he had asked to do so.
Distributors The Orchard said: “The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy.”
The Emmy-winning comic has not commented.
He wrote, directed and acted in I Love You Daddy, a comedy about an ageing film director, played by John Malkovich, who has a reputation for getting embroiled with young women.
Louis CK plays a successful TV writer whose 17-year-old daughter, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, begins a relationship with the director.
On Thursday, its premiere was cancelled hours before the screening.
Variety reported that The Orchard spent $ 5m (£3.8m) on the distribution rights after the film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
In Thursday’s New York Times report, four comediennes – Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry and Abby Schachner – and a fifth woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, made allegations about the entertainer.
Goodman and Wolov said Louis CK stripped naked and masturbated after inviting them to his hotel room during the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002.
Schachner said she called Louis CK in 2003 to invite him to one of her shows and was dumbfounded to realise during their phone conversation that he was masturbating. “I felt very ashamed,” she told the New York Times.
A fifth woman, who did not want to be named, told the newspaper of alleged incidents involving the comic in the late 1990s, while she was working in production on The Chris Rock Show.
Louis CK, who was a writer and producer on the show, repeatedly asked her to watch him perform a sex act, she said.
The accuser told the New York Times she went along with his requests even though she knew it was wrong. “He abused his power,” she said.
Louis CK’s planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was cancelled and HBO announced it would purge Louis CK’s past projects from its On Demand service.
The cable TV network also said the comic would no longer participate in a charity comedy special, Night of Too Many Stars, later this month.
Louis CK joins a growing list of Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and James Toback who have been engulfed by such allegations.
On Thursday, a Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey announced a task force of veteran sex crimes prosecutors to address “the widespread allegations of sexual abuse in entertainment industry”.