Sarah Silverman Says Louis CK "Has Remorse"
Sarah Silverman has defended her friend Louis CK -- nearly a year after the stand up comic was accused by five women of sexual misconduct.
CK admitted in an open letter penned in November 2017 that the accusers' stories "were true", confirming he had masturbated in front of them.
Silverman has now made the admission on The Howard Stern Show that CK had previously masturbated in front of her, with her consent.
“I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman said. “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, ‘F*** yeah I want to see that!’"
Silverman said the dynamic between her and CK was different to that of his accusers.
… 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. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F***ing no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”
The America, I Love You comedian said she was not trying to excuse CK's behaviour -- but went on to blame the trappings of becoming an overnight celebrity.
“I’m not saying what he did was okay. I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes,” she said. “He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.”
“I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again,” Silverman continued.
“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.”
One of CK's accuser's -- Rebecca Corry -- has hit out at Silverman's comments.
"To be real clear, CK had 'nothing to offer me' as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harass me," Corry tweeted.
Silverman replied to Corry on Twitter explaining, "this is why I don't like weighing in."
"I can't seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it," she continued.
"But you're right- you were equals and he f***ed with you and it's not ok. I'm sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind."
Silverman has previously addressed the "masturbating elephant in the room" on her I Love You, America program.
"It’s a real mind fuck because I love Louis, but Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true, so I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?”
CK recently made his return to the stage in New York, debuting new material at The Comedy Cellar during a secret show that was widely criticised.
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