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Marc Maron Says Louis C.K. Initially Lied to Him about Sexual Harassment Rumors
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13 Nov 2017 03:08 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Additional Reporting by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Louis C.K. (Image Source: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

Marc Maron is the latest to comment on the Louis C.K. drama, noting that he heard rumors about the comedian forcing women to watch him masturbate but that C.K. lied about it when asked.

On Monday's episode of his podcast, WTF, Maron spoke about a conversation with C.K., revealing that the comedian denied the accusations.

"Sadly, I knew what most people knew: There was a story out there, I guess going back several years, there were unnamed people in the story, it took place in a hotel room in Aspen. It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times," Maron explained. "And I would ask him about it. I would say, 'This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?' He goes, 'No, it's not true. It's not real. It's a rumor.' And I would say, 'Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?' 'No I can't, I can't do that. I can't give it life, give it air.' That was the conversation."

But just last week, within one day of the stories making news, C.K. lost his career and then admitted that the stories are true.

This started on Thursday when The New York Times published an exposé including accusations of C.K. They charged that from 2002 through 2005 four women accused him of either masturbating in front of them or while on the phone or asked them if he could masturbate. These women included comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry, Abby Schachner, and C.K.'s former friend and collaborator Tig Notaro.

Within a number of hours, Stephen Colbert filmed The Late Show and opened the show with the story. C.K. was supposed to be his guest that night but bowed out. HBO announced C.K. would no longer be a part of their autism benefit and that they were pulling all his projects that were on-demand.

FX announced they were investigating the claims. The premiere of his new film, I Love You Daddy, was canceled, and Netflix will no longer continue with their plans for a stand-up special featuring C.K.

And just 24 hours later, C.K. announced that all the allegations regarding him are true.

"These stories are true. At the time I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d--- without asking first, which is also true," said the comedian in his apology. "But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d--- isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me, and I wielded that power irresponsibly."

Moving on to his regrets, C.K. said, "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with ... The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else."

C.K. added apologies to FX, the Orchard production studio, and the cast and crew of I Love You Daddy, and added, "I've brought pain to my family, my friends, my children, and their mother. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen."

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