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Rebecca Corry, one of the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, has publicly addressed the scandal for the first time in an interview with ABC News on Monday.
“When you’re that powerful and you’re generating that kind of money and you can literally knight someone’s life by giving them a show, you know, that’s what going to happen,” Cory said on why the comedian’s alleged sexual misconduct remained a personal secret.
After rejecting C.K.’s request to masturbate in front of her, Corry, who was a performer and producer of a then-television pilot with C.K., decided to continue working on the show, feeling guilty if she were to cancel the overall production.
“I wanted to sort of pretend like it never happened,” Corry said. “I mean, I wanted to do my job. Those opportunities are few and far between. I most certainly didn’t want to be the person that was responsible for shutting down a production, or even being part of the narrative.”
Reflecting back on the disturbing encounter, Corry added that she feels like it was a mistake to remain silent and would now decide to shut down the production if she could turn back time.
“I would have confronted it, and I would have dealt with it then,” Corry said. “Because I have learned that doing nothing, saying nothing, is not helpful.”
A day after a New York Times exposé was published, in which five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, the comic said that the allegations were true.
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” he said. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”
C.K.’s upcoming stand-up special on Netflix has been scrapped and his film, I Love You Daddy, which he penned, stars in and directed, was dropped by distribution company The Orchard a week before it was due to be released. HBO and FX have also cut ties with the comedian.
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