Sarah Silverman says Louis C.K. masturbated in front of her with her consent
UPDATE: Sarah Silverman apologized for her comments about Louis C.K..
Sarah Silverman appeared on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM radio show on Monday (10/22) to discuss her show I Love You, America, which recently returned to Hulu. Howard asked her about her friend Louis C.K., who she previously spoke about in a cold open on I Love You, America last year, asking, “can you love someone who did bad things?” “I know I’m going to regret saying this,” Sarah said to Howard, before telling him that Louis masturbated in front of her with her consent.
Indiewire recounts their conversation:
I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’… It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. Sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘Fucking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.
“I’m not saying what he did was okay,” Sarah continued. “I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes. He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.” She also spoke about experiencing sexual harassment from the owner of a Mexican restaurant when she was younger, and how “the dynamic between Louis and the other women is what I’m talking about with the owner of the restaurant.”
Sarah told Howard she hasn’t spoken to Louis in three months. “I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again,” she said. “I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.”
Louis has been making his return to stand-up comedy, less than one year after admitting to sexual misconduct. He’s performed multiple times in NYC, including at Comedy Cellar and West Side Comedy Club, where he said, “I lost $35 million in an hour.” Most recently, he made an appearance at Giggles Comedy Club in Boston on Saturday (10/20), Boston Globe reports. Club owner Mike Clarke called the set “well-recieved” and said he started, “by briefly addressing the misconduct, asking the audience how their year was going before acknowledging that his has been fraught.”