Louis C.K. apparently hasn’t learned his lesson.
The comedic actor got caught in the #MeToo riptide in 2017 when he was accused of taking women he worked with into private rooms, taking his clothes off, and asking if he could masturbate in front of them. At the time, he issued a statement, “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.” Then he pledged to “step back and take a long time to listen.”
But did he really mean it?
Nine months after those remarks, Louis C.K. took the stage at New York’s Comedy Cellar riffing on racism and rape whistles to a seemingly appreciative crowd.
Last week, he apparently embarked on a comeback tour where, during a sold-out show in San Jose, California, he addressed the accusations of the five women who initially outed him. “I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone,” The Daily Beast reported him saying.
Virgillio Gonzalez, who attended the show, confirmed the comedian’s comments to the Huffington Post in a Twitter message, adding, “He said the way for people to forget about you masturbating in front of people is to make fun of school shootings,” and then he proceeded to tell jokes about the Parkland mass shooting last Valentine’s day.
Gonzalez said that that Louis C.K. earned a standing ovation from the crowd and that “Nobody” – not even the women – “in the audience had a problem with anything he was saying.”