Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, relating to several separate alleged incidents spanning several years.
A number of the claims relate to the comedian and actor allegedly masturbating in front of women without their consent.
And now a number of jokes included in his stand-up routine which deal with the topic of masturbation have taken on a more sinister meaning.
“I jerk off way too much and it upsets me, I don’t know why,” C.K. says in this bit about masturbation (1:19 in the clip below).
“I don’t know why, maybe because it’s selfish, but I know it’s bad, I know I’m hurting somebody somewhere.”
In the light of the New York Times allegations that “In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. to invite him to one of her shows, and during the phone conversation, she said, she could hear him masturbating as they spoke,” that feels less innocent.
The stand-up routine is one of a number highlighted by multiple outlets, with the publication pointing towards some questionable comments about women throughout.
Fans of C.K.’s comedy have always enjoyed his unique sense of humour, and many will have felt comfortable laughing off some of these comments as just jokes.
However, when we find out some of the topics are closer to home than maybe we realised, things may change.
“Now when I see a beautiful girl walking down the street I’m like hey, fuck you, I don’t give a shit. Go fuck somebody else, I’ll jerk off to you later, probably have a better time,” he says in the clip below.
Is this still just part of his comedy routine when we learn from the New York Times that comedian Rebecca Corry allegedly received an apology from C.K. for asking to masturbate in front of her?
“When he phoned her, he said he was sorry for shoving her in a bathroom,” the story reads.
“Ms. Corry replied that he had never done that, but had instead asked to masturbate in front of her. Responding in a shaky voice, he acknowledged it and said, ‘I used to misread people back then,’ she recalled.”
Another clip to have resurfaced shows a segment from C.K.’s show Louie, in which he is introduced in a fictional Fox News segment as someone “well known for being a prolific masturbator”.
“It’s easy and it’s fun and nobody gets hurt,” C.K. said, before arguing, “since there’s been people, every single one of them has masturbated.
“[Masturbation] keeps me sane,” he adds, addressing a female guest. “I’m a good citizen, a good father, I recycle and I masturbate, and I’m proud of it… and later I’m going to masturbate and think about you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Since the publication of the allegations by the New York Times, a number of C.K.’s shows have been pulled from streaming services.
The eventual fate of his film I Love You, Daddy – which also features a scene in which an actor asks if he can masturbate in front of a young actress – remains to be seen.