The comedian abruptly canceled the premiere of his new film this morning
Just hours before the premiere of his first full-length in the director’s chair since 2001’s Pootie Tang, Louis C.K. reportedly pulled the plug on the event.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the cancellation was an attempt to head-off an upcoming story from the New York Times, which is presumably-damning. The film, I Love You, Daddy, is presented as an homage to Woody Allen’s 1979 classic, Manhattan, a film that centers on the romance between a 17-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man, portrayed by Allen, who notoriously married his adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. C.K.’s film, in which he stars, directs and writes alongside Vernon Chatman, echoes the same young-woman-falls-for-older-white-gentleman trope. He plays her father.
The precise contents of the NYT report were not revealed at the time of the cancellation, but the piece was just published. It finds five women — Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry, Abby Schachner and Tig Notaro, all former colleagues of Louie — detailing how the comedian forced them to either watch or listen as he masturbated.
Notaro was not subject to the harassment but was one of the few to speak out against the comedian in the years since the first allegations were published. She pulled her special from his site demanding he get this “sorted out” late last year.
Neither Louis nor any representatives from his team have offered comment yet. The story is still developing. Read the full report via The New York Times below.