Louis C.K. film release scrapped after sexual misconduct claims


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release of the Louis C.K. film “I Love You Daddy” has been scrapped, the film’s distributor said on Friday, following allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian.

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Louis C.K. attends the “American Hustle” movie premiere in New York December 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo

“The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of ‘I Love You, Daddy’,” movie distributor The Orchard said in an emailed statement.

Five women detailed sexual misconduct allegations against the Emmy-winning comedian in a New York Times report published Thursday, including three who said he had masturbated in front of them.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.

C.K.’s representatives did not immediately return a request for comment on the decision to drop the film release, which was due to open in U.S. movie theaters on Nov. 17.

In the New York Times article, C.K.’s publicist Lewis Kay said the comedian “is not going to answer any questions” from the publication. Kay said on Thursday that C.K. will issue a written statement in the next few days.

“I Love You Daddy,” was written and directed by C.K. and he also appears in the film as the father of a 17-year-old girl who has a romance with a 68-year-old filmmaker.

C.K. is the latest celebrity in the entertainment business to be accused of sexual misconduct by people coming forward in the wake of allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Alden Bentley and Ben Klayman

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