The women say the successful comedian took off his clothes and touched himself in front of them without their consent.
Five women are accusing comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
The incidents described by the women all happened in the early 2000s. Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, a comedy duo from Chicago, say they were invited by C.K. to hang out in his hotel room in Colorado, where he allegedly undressed and masturbated in front of them.
Abby Schachner, a comdey writer, told of a phone conversation she had with C.K. which quickly became “unprofessional and inappropriate” when he allegedly started telling her his sexual fantasies in a soft voice while breathing heavily. She said she realized he was masturbating but didn’t want to believe it.
“I definitely wasn’t encouraging it,” she said. “You want to believe it’s not happening.”
Though the comedian refused to respond to the allegations, he does seem to have acknowledged his behavior in private. In 2009, he sent Schachner a Facebook message that read, “Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion. That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry.”