The New York Times on Thursday reported that five women have accused comedian and actor Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.
What are the women saying?
Comedic duo Julia Wolov and Dana Min Goodman alleged that the comedian — real name Louis Szekely — after a 2002 comedy show performance in Colorado, invited them to his hotel room.
Wolov and Min Goodman told the Times that when they arrived to Louis C.K.'s room, he reportedly asked them if he could take out his penis for them.
Though the women thought he was joking and laughed off his crudeness, the comedian allegedly disrobed and begin masturbating in front of the women.
"He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating," Min Goodman told the Times.
Who else spoke out?
Actress and writer Abby Schnachner also told the Times that C.K. phoned her in 2003 to invite her to one of his shows.
According to Schnachner, nefarious behavior was going on on the other end of the line. During the phone conversation, Schnachner said that it was clear the comedian was masturbating.
Schnachner told the Times that C.K. apologized in a 2009 Facebook message. "Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion," he reportedly wrote. "That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry."
Was there more?
Comedian Rebecca Corry told the Times of an incident in 2005 when she was appearing in a television pilot alongside C.K. Corry reported that he outright asked if he could masturbate in front of her. Corry told him no but not before pointing out that C.K. was a father and had a pregnant wife.
"His face got red," Corry recalled, "and he told me he had issues."
Actress Courteney Cox and her ex-husband, actor David Arquette — who were executive producers of the pilot — confirmed Corry's account of the story to the Times and agreed that the incident had taken place.
"What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful," Cox wrote in an email, and added that she, personally, felt "outrage and shock."
Corry reported that in 2015, she also received an apology from the comedian — but that his wasn't an accurate account of the incident.
Corry told the Times that when he phoned her, he apologized for shoving her in a bathroom. She reportedly told C.K. that he'd never done that to her but had requested to pleasure himself in front of her instead.
Corry said that the comedian acknowledged the incident and said, "I used to misread people back then."
What did the fifth woman say?
A fifth woman spoke anonymously and told the Times that during a stint working on "The Chris Rock Show" in the late '90s, C.K. masturbated while standing in his office, with the woman present and sitting in his desk chair.
Did the comedian respond?
Lewis Kay, C.K.'s publicist, told the Times in a Tuesday email, "Louis is not going to answer any questions."
Leading up to the release of the bombshell Times report, the Thursday premiere of C.K.'s new film, "I Love You, Daddy," was canceled. The comedian also cancelled an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."