How comedians and Hollywood stars are reacting to the Louis C.K. sexual misconduct allegations

Carrie Wittmer
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  • Five women came forward to The New York Times with allegations of sexual misconduct against comedian Louis C.K., in a report published Thursday.
  • The story shook the comedy and entertainment world, and people took to Twitter to react.
  • Many women, especially those in comedy, weren't shocked by the rumors, which had been circulating for years.

Five women accused comedian, filmmaker, and Emmy winner Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in a report in The New York Times on Thursday.

The accusations span from the late 1990s to 2005, and involve the comedian — who has sold out Madison Square Garden eight times — either masturbating in front of them, or engaging in other sexual misconduct involving masturbation. 

Although rumors of Louis C.K.'s alleged misconduct had been in the comedy world for years, the exposé still shocked many both in Hollywood and comedy. But from the reactions so far, men were definitely more shocked than women. 

This is how people in the comedy world and Hollywood have reacted to the Louis C.K. allegations:

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This to me was one of the saddest parts of the Louis CK story in the @nytimes. When you disrespect and sexually harass young, vulnerable people you become a dream killer. Tweet Embed:
Gentlemen, comedy is often inappropriate. It is sometimes daring and audacious and shocking. But our behavior, in the real world, toward women - that doesn’t get a pass on inappropriate. Tweet Embed:
reminder: the only victory women get from coming forward is the hope that other women won't have to later, no medal, no memory scrub Tweet Embed:
I was told to delete a tweet I wrote about Louis CK abusing women before I applied to a high-profile comedy job because the people conducting the hiring process might not like it. These women who have spoken up are brave, and we owe them so much. Tweet Embed:
I'll say it again. Sooner or later, one or more of your faves will be exposed as a bad person. Don't prioritize your feelings over the trauma victims face.

Yep. It sucks. But it sucks worse for those hurt by the artists we love. Tweet Embed:
it's so disappointing to say farewell to my comedic hero, louis ck, the guy who engineers his entire life around cramming the n-word into his overrated comedy routines. I was really rooting for him. an absolute inspiration. Tweet Embed:
condolences, straight white dudes. Tweet Embed:
Misogyny is a cancer. Harassment and abuse are that cancer metastasizing and going untreated. Stories like this being reported and printed are the first steps toward a cure. Tweet Embed:
I don't remember when I heard the rumors about him. But I'm sure it was before the last time he was on Parks and Rec. And that sucks. And I'm sorry. Tweet Embed:
Much respect to @TheRebeccaCorry , Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov & Abby Schachner for having the bravery to speak up about the abuses & crimes that happened to them. Tweet Embed:
i guess nothing will ever surprise me again
regarding men

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For everybody asking, I know and like Louis C.K. I won't defend him. This is inexcusable and he needs to address it.

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