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Louis C.K. has been dropped by his team of representatives, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
APA, which represented the popular stand-up in comedy touring, has parted ways with him. Earlier this afternoon, management company 3 Arts issued a statement reading, “We have terminated our relationship with Louis C.K.” And his publicist, Kovert Creative co-founder Lewis Kay, tweeted: “As of today, I no longer represent Louis C.K.”
Yesterday, The New York Times published a report that contained accounts from five women accusing the comedian of masturbating or attempting to masturbate in front of them. Four of the women went on the record — the first time anyone had done so regarding the long-standing rumors about the comedian’s behavior.
Two of the women, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, said that C.K. masturbated in front of them in an Aspen, Colorado, hotel room in 2002. After they told others about the incident, they heard C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky, was upset, and thereafter Goodman and Wolov took themselves out of consideration for projects he was involved in. In an email response to the Times, Becky said that he could not recall “the exact specifics of the conversation,” but said he “never threatened anyone.” 3 Arts has not issued any comments regarding Becky, who also represents other A-list comedians including Kevin Hart and Amy Poehler.
“We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our staff, clients and the community at large,” 3 Arts’ statement about C.K. continued. “We are doing a full internal review regarding this situation and are taking additional steps to strengthen our processes and procedures while engaging with our staff to address any concerns about harassment or abuse of power. This behavior is totally unacceptable in all circumstances and must be confronted and addressed.”
The moves come amid a flurry of updates regarding C.K.’s many Hollywood projects. FX is canceling its overall deal with his banner, Pig Newton, and is removing him as executive producer on FX’s Better Things, FX’s Baskets, Amazon’s One Mississippi and TBS’ The Cops — TBS has now suspended production on the latter, an animated comedy yet to be released. “Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K.,” read a statement from FX. “Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously.”
This morning, C.K. released a lengthy statement in which he said, “These stories are true.”
Even earlier today, The Orchard announced it was dropping its distribution plans for C.K.’s new movie, I Love You, Daddy, which had been set to be released in select theaters on Nov. 17, while Netflix canceled a planned stand-up special featuring the comic. Those developments come on the heels of HBO’s decision to cut ties with C.K. yesterday, pulling his past projects from its on-demand services and dropping him from the lineup of its Nov. 18 Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit special.
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