“I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not,” C.K., 50, wrote in a statement this Friday. “There stories are true.”
As RadarOnline.com reported, the women who bashed the star for his sick actions claimed that he had striped naked and masturbated in front of them against their will.
“At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d**k without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them,” continued the comedian. “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
As readers unfortunately know, C.K. is the first man to take full responsibility for all of the incidents of sexual misconduct he was accused of.
“I have been remorseful of my actions,” he wrote in his apology. “And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”
C.K. admitted that he knew he had a dominant power over the women he took advantage of, and that it is now clear to him that his actions are inexcusable.
He added: “I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it.”
After news broke of his sexual advances towards women, C.K. suffered various career pitfalls. His film, I Love You Daddy was just dropped by its film distributor. The comedian’s work was also axed from Netflix and HBO. He even cancelled his own film premiere after The Hollywood Reporter teased the NYT story.
“There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for,” admitted the comedian. “And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”
Voicing his regret, he said: “I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and give them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work.”
“The hardest regret to live with is what you’ve done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s sic professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager, Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I’ve brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who has given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. And every other entity that has bet on me through the years,” said the remorseful star.
He added that while he’s certainly hurt many women, he also hurt himself and his loved ones with his sick actions.
“I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother," he concluded. “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.”
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