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15 November 2017, 12:54 | Israel Caldwell
Jon Stewart says he could have done more about the rumors surrounding Louis C.K.’s predatory behavior
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said C.K. did masturbate in front of them in his hotel room in Aspen, Colorado during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. In fact, he says he's "stunned".
The former Daily Show host went on to reveal that he had first heard of the allegations facing CK in May 2016 but had been "assured" that they were not true. He cops to the mistake of turning a blind eye to the rumors. "And you always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something?" And in this situation, I think we all could have.
Stewart shared his thoughts, and in his response he noted sexual harassment is rampant in Hollywood - hinting it may even be a problem at NBC, with his comment coming on the same day NBC News' fired Matt Zimmerman for inappropriate conduct with women. I think it's gotten better over the years, but certainly, when we started 30 years ago, it was really hard. It is said to explore the power imbalance between young women and older men, and it includes a scene where an actor pantomimes masturbating in front of a female colleague. I think it's a question of, we're used to being in charge, and I think if you talk to women, they're in a very hard position.
"A year ago, I was doing a podcast with David Axelrod and a man in the audience asked me about it", Mr. Stewart said.
"So the internet said Louis harassed women?"
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"Have you talked to Louis C.K.?" Stewart said to an audience member who posed a question about Louis C.K. rumors that surfaced online. Honestly, I'm not that connected to that world. "You know who you're talking to, right?" laughed Stewart.
Stewart said he counted himself among those who hasn't had the "urgency" to address the issue in our culture. "I have friends that have compulsions and have done things like gambling, drinking, or drugs, and we've lost some of the them". "I hadn't heard, at that point, at any of it", Stewart remembered.
In the report, multiple women alleged sexual misconduct against the comedian, allegations that Louis C.K. later confirmed were true.
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She continued, "Louis C.K.'s life is so much a part of his movies and it's very personal, so you can not separate the work from the artist".
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