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Louis CK, Sarah Silverman Masturbation Apology
Shortly after Louis C.K. admitted to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Sarah Silverman said on her show, I Love You America, that she was angry “for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it … I love Louie. But Louie did these things. Both of those statements are true.”
At the time, when Silverman first addressed C.K.’s scandal, she prefaced her statement by saying, “I wish I could sit this one out.”
She didn’t. And nearly a year later, Silverman has been unable to avoid her friendship with C.K. and his public disgrace. Yesterday, on Howard Stern’s show, she once again addressed her relationship with C.K., telling the host that she thought he had remorse for what he did.
“I’m not saying everyone should embrace Louis again. I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way,” Silverman said. “I’m not saying what he did was OK. I’m just saying, at a certain point, when he became influential–not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy–it changes. He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not OK.”
But, then she also added that he also masturbated in front of her, but with her permission.
“I’ve known Louis for ever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go: ‘Fuck yeah, I want to see that!,'” Silverman said. “It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So, sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say: ‘Fucking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”
It’s a strange thing to add, and it’s unclear what she thought revealing that information would accomplish. Rebecca Corry, one of the women who was sexually harassed by C.K., called Silverman out on Twitter.
To be real clear, CK had “nothing to offer me” as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it. https://t.co/xrfI6HwXqx
— Rebecca Corry (@TheRebeccaCorry) October 22, 2018
Silverman immediately apologized for her comments, telling Corry, “I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend.”
Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 22, 2018
Silverman could have just left things with her statement on her show a year ago—a statement that acknowledged the complexity and confusion of a situation like this. Of course, Silverman is going to be asked about her friend, but maybe it’s for the best to sit this one out.