Los Angeles: Stand-up comedian Marc Maron said he always knew about Louis CK's behviour towards women, but the disgraced comic continued to deny.
Before the five women came forward to accuse C K of sexual misconduct, in a New York Times expose, Maron said he previously addressed the rumours with C K himself, who rubbished them.
"Sadly, I knew what most people knew. There was a story out there, I guess going back several years, there were unnamed people in the story, it took place in a hotel room in Aspen. It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times. And I would ask him about it. I would say, 'This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?'" Maron said on a recent episode of his podcast, 'WTF, Maron.'
Maron detailed their discussion. "He goes, 'No, it's not true. It's not real. It's a rumour.' And I would say, 'Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?' 'No I can't, I can't do that. I can't give it life, give it air.' That was the conversation. So I believed my friend. It's just the environment that enabled the dismissiveness of it," Maron said. C K confirmed the stories and apologised. In the wake of the scandal, Indie distributor The Orchard cancelled the November 17 release of C K's film I Love You, Daddy.