Louis C.K.'s Movie Premiere and LATE SHOW Appearance Canceled After Sexual Assault Accusations
Deadline reports that comedian Louis C.K. canceled the premiere of his new movie I LOVE YOU, DADDY last minute yesterday, as well has his scheduled appearance on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT after reports surfaced that The New York Times was ready to release a bombshell story about him. The newspaper released the story shortly after these cancelations, revealing that five women have come forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault.
I LOVE YOU, DADDY premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September to much buzz about its subject matter: a young girl being seduced by a much older director and pedophile. The black and white film stars C.K., John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Helen Hunt and Ebonee Noel. The dark comedy was set to open in New York and Los Angeles November 17th, with more theaters added December 1st. The distributer of the film, The Orchard, has just announced that they will no longer release I LOVE YOU, DADDY, after acquiring it for $5 million.
On Wednesday afternoon, C.K. was still listed as a Friday guest on THE LATE SHOW, along with SHAMELESS's William H. Macy. Later that evening, C.K.'s reps informed the show he would no longer appear. An updated guest list has been given out to reporters, where Macy still appears, but this time, he was moved to Thursday. In addition, comedian John MULANEY is now the Friday interview.
This is not the first time THE LATE SHOW has had to change its appearance schedules after sexual assault accusations. Jeremy Piven was set to appear only one week ago on the show, but after two women accused him of sexual assault, his interview was pulled. Colbert and his team found the most appropriate guest to replace Piven in Ronan Farrow, the journalist who has released a bombshell New Yorker article about Harvey Weinstein.
Also today, FX has issued the following official statement on the comedian:
X Networks today issued the following statement:
"We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review."
Photo Credit: I LOVE YOU DADDY Official Facebook Page