Louis C.K. not laughing over masturbation stories: HBO ouster, FX review

Louis CK. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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

And HBO said it is ousting the comic from its projects.

The moves come as yet another development in numerous Hollywood sex scandals that have been made public after revelations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“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 FX network.

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.

“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,” the TV network said.

“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.

–City News Service