Blistering masturbation allegations burn Louis C.K., HBO and FX Networks take action

Louis CK. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

FX Networks announced Thursday it is reviewing sexual misconduct allegations against comedian/actor Louis C.K., who has a production deal with the cable network.

“We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today,” according to a statement from the network. “The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our five shows produced together over the past eight years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace.

That said, the matter is currently under review.”

Louis C.K. starred in the hit FX series “Louie,” a somewhat- autobiographical comedy that hasn’t aired an episode since 2015. He is also a co-creator and producer of the FX comedies “Baskets” and “Better Things.”

Meanwhile, HBO announced it was dropping the comedian from its upcoming “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit show scheduled for Nov. 18. The cable giant also announced it is “removing Louis C.K.’s past projects” from HBO on-demand services.

Five women made sexual misconduct allegations against Louis C.K. in the New York Times article, alleging he either masturbated in front of them, asked if he could do so or did it while on the phone.

–City News Service