The last few weeks have seemed like a constant flood of sexual assault allegations against the men of Hollywood, and after Louis C.K. found himself at the center of some of them this week, he’s being faced with some serious consequences to his career. Following Thursday’s New York Times reports against the comedian, indie distributor The Orchard is dropping Louis’s upcoming movie I Love You, Daddy, ahead of its November 17 release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie was filmed in black and white (and in secret) and starred Chloë Grace Moretz and John Malkovich. Although it originally made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, Thursday night’s New York premiere was canceled. Considering the fact that THR also added that the movie’s plot is about a teenager falling in love with a much older man and includes jokes about child rape, this decision was probably for the best in light of how serious the allegations against Louis and other actors and producers have been recently.
After the initial news broke about Louis, The Orchard released the following statement:
There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.
In the NYT expose, five women (including comedian Tig Notaro) accused Louis of sexual misconduct, with some of the women saying he masturbated in front of them or while he was talking on the phone with them, even after they refused to give their consent when he asked. Allegedly, his manager, David Becky, tried to shut down comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov when they tried to talk about what happened between them and Louis, but in an email to the NYT, he denied those claims, writing, “I don’t recall the exact specifics of the conversation, but know I never threatened anyone.”
Louis himself has yet to issue a statement of his own about the allegations, but his rep, Lewis Kay, told NBC News on Friday that “in the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement.”
The Orchard isn’t the only distributor who’s decided to cut ties with Louis, either. HBO wasted no time in dropping him from their upcoming comedy special, Night of Too Many Stars, and has also decided to pull of his past specials and projects from their network and streaming services.
[UPDATE: Louis C.K. responded to the allegations of harrassment and confirmed the accuracy of these reports in a public statement Friday afternoon.]
n a statement, Louis CK confirms that the allegations of sexual misconduct detailed in the New York Times report are accurate. pic.twitter.com/WiPTomHFvJ
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) November 10, 2017