Comedian Louis CK admits exposing himself to women in long statement explaining his 'remorse' and 'power'

Asher Mcshane, Francesca Gillett
Comedian Louis CK has admitted exposing himself to women

Comedian Louis CK has admitted exposing himself to women.

The star issued a statement this evening following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

He was accused of showing or asking to show his genitalia to four women and performing a sex act to a fifth over the phone in a report by the New York Times.

Two women said they "laughed it off" when he undressed and masturbated in front of them in a hotel room.

Another woman said she heard Louis CK engaging in a sex act while on the phone with her.

A fourth woman said she was asked by the star but declined, and a fifth said she went along with his request.

He issued a long statement today in which he admitted all of the allegations against him, stating: "These stories are true."

"The power I had over these women is that they admired me," he wrote.

"And I wielded that power irresponsibly."

The full statement reads: “These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d*** 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 d*** isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.

"The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.

“I have been remorseful of my actions. 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.

"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.

"There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.

“I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given 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 and whose 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 so much 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 have 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. I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother.

“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.”