Louis C.K. admits sexual misconduct allegations are true
Comedian says he’s brought pain to family and friends; Jonathan Hunt reports from Los Angeles.
Janeane Garofalo urged the world to "leave Louis C.K. alone" after his comedy comeback was met with mixed reviews following his sexual misconduct scandal.
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"Leave Louis C.K. alone. Enough with that," she snapped on the feminist Bust podcast. "He's been my friend — and I stand by that — he's been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered," she said. "And when he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters. If nothing else — if you can find no compassion for him, which I think you should — think about how his daughters, who hear all of this stuff, feel. Why don't you leave him alone for them if you're so women-empowering?"
Garofalo, 54, slammed the criticism of C.K. as "unfair" and likened it to "being bullied" and called him a "public pariah."
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"I think you're running with what you've been told in the [media] — he is not a person who walks into a room and powerfully takes his d—k out," she said.
"He has paid heavily, heavily, and his family has paid heavily," she added.
Garofalo also slammed the hosts' issues with C.K's recent material, which was slammed as being offensive and insensitive to Parkland shooting victims and survivors.
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"Oh my God. Do you know how much offensive material goes on at the Comedy Cellar? You know what? If you don't want to listen to him, get up and leave the room," she fumed. "You are acting like Mussolini has walked into the room, and it is not."
The veteran comedian also took issue with the #MeToo movement as a whole out of fear of falsely accused persons suffering needlessly — even though C.K. confessed to masturbating in front of women who worked with him.
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"When it comes to the #MeToo movement, I think it's okay to question the source. It should transcend gender," Garofalo said. "It's human rights. Because if you don't, anyone can be accused of anything at any time, and if you're not allowed to question that — I can say right now, 'I've got pictures of you molesting a child. Don't question me!' You know what I mean? Don't question the questioner! Then it's a 'Twilight Zone' episode."
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