Comedian Sarah Silverman is issuing apologies for comments made about Louis C.K.
Far Out reported the news yesterday that Silverman, a long time friend and colleague of C.K., used to masturbate in front of her but at the time she consented. “Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him — please don’t take this that way,” she said. “But, you know, we are peers, we are equals. When we were kids, and he used to ask if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’”
Louis C.K. has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against him within the last 12 months. An explosive scoop from The New York Times revealed that five women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct. Amid those claims, the women alleged that C.K. asked to masturbate in front of them or physically did so without their consent.
Following up her comments, Silverman then stressed that in no way was she condoning what he had done to those other women: “I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential — not even famous — but influential in the world of comedy, it changes,” she said.
“And he realised that. He realised it later — but certainly before that New York Times — and even in that New York Times article, they talk about how he went on and tried to connect with some of these women to say “I fucked up and wronged you and want to make this right.”
However, Rebecca Corry, one of the women who has accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, has responded to the Silverman interview. She said: “To be real clear, CK had ‘nothing to offer me’ as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harass me,” she wrote. “He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimised women for decades and lied about it.”
Reacting to Corry’s words, Silverman has issued an apology: “Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.”
Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 22, 2018