Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose detailing allegations that he repeatedly asked women he encountered in a work environment to watch him masturbate.
The new report also brings to light the shocking behaviour of C.K.'s longtime manager, Dave Becky, who is reportedly believed to have used his power in the comedy world to pressure women to not discuss their encounters with C.K.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as 'disturbing encounters' with C.K.
Goodman and Wolov said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
Both women told the Times they spoke out about the incident within the tight-knit world of standup comedians but felt the pressure to avoid shaming a powerful figure in comedy.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against the stand up comedian and TV star are not new.
In March 2012, Gawker published an article that detailed an alleged incident at the Aspen Comedy Festival a few years prior.
C.K. was not named explicitly in the piece, but it claimed that 'our nation's most hilarious stand-up comic and critically cherished sitcom auteur' invited two female comedians to his hotel room and proceeded to block the door with his body while he forced them to watch him masturbate.
Speculation surfaced on Reddit and social media that the item referred to C.K.
Comedian Doug Stanhope, a friend of C.K.'s, later claimed the story was about him.
C.K. has previously declined to address the allegations in detail.
In a 2016 interview with Vulture he said of the allegations: 'I don't care about that. That's nothing to me. That's not real...[You] can't touch stuff like that. There's one more thing I want to say about this, and it's important: If you need your public profile to be all positive, you're sick in the head. I do the work I do, and what happens next I can't look after. So my thing is that I try to speak to the work whenever I can. Just to the work and not to my life.'
In an interview with the New York Times this September, C.K. again addressed the allegations, saying, 'I'm not going to answer to that stuff, because they're rumors. If you actually participate in a rumor, you make it bigger and you make it real.'
C.K. is yet to respond to the most recent allegations.