Comedian Louis CK and actor Steven Seagal have both been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment.
As a result, the premiere of Louis CK’s latest movie, I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled hours before it’s first screening, and it may not receive a general release.
Five women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct, with four telling The New York Times that he masturbated during the interactions they had with him.
Four comediennes- Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry ,Abby Schachner and one anonymous source made the allegations on Thursday.
Goodman and Wolov both said Louis CV stripped naked in front of them and proceeded to masturbate after inviting them to his hotel room during the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Schachner called CK for a business meeting, and said she was ‘dumbfounded’ when she realised he was masturbating during the phone conversation.
“I felt very ashamed”, said Schachner.
The anonymous source told the publication that her incident with CK occurred whilst she was working on the production of The Chris Rock Show in the 1990’s.
She said that the comedian, who was a writer and producer on the show, repeatedly asked her to watch him perform a sexual act, which went along with because he ‘abused his power’.
Louis CK’s latest movie, I Love You, Daddy, was written and directed by the comedian, and stars himself as a father attempting to stop his 17-year-old daughter from having a relationship with a 68-year-old man.
The film’s distributor, the Orchard released the following statement:
“In light of the allegations considering Louis CK references in today’s New York Times, we are cancelling tonight’s premiere of I Love You, Daddy,” the Orchard said in a statement to industry publications.
“There is never a place for the behaviour 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.”
Actor and producer Steven Seagal also faces sexual harassment claims after Ellen DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi, made an allegation in a tweet posted on Wednesday night.
Ms de Rossi alleges that during a film audition Mr Seagal told her “how important it was to have chemistry off-screen” before unzipping his trousers.
Mr Seagal’s manager told BBC News that the actor had no comment.
Several other women have come forward to accuse Mr Seagal of misconduct and sexual harassment, including the Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies and model Jenny McCarthy.
Portia said her complaints about Mr Seagal’s behaviour were dismissed at the time by her agent.
She did not specify which movie the audition was for, or in which year the incident allegedly happened.