Disgraced comedian Louis C.K. has come out of hiding and is ready to take on stand up once again.
The comedian was at the center of a sexual harassment scandal in 2017. Multiple women came forward accusing Louis of sexual misconduct.
One claim alleged the entertainer pleasured himself in front of them or on the phone.
Louis admitted guilt and issued a statement in November of that year.
“These stories are true,” Louis said in a statement. “At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d–k without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your d–k isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
His statement continued, “I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.”
Louis concluded, “I’ve brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.”
Now, nearly four years later, Louis is ready to take center stage once again.
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On Wednesday, August 4, Louis announced in an email that he is embarking on a nationwide tour starting with shows in New York City on August 13 and 14.
The email read, “Hello Person that you are being right now, I am writing to you today because I am going to be touring around the United States of America, performing stand-up comedy in theaters in several different cities.”
The tour is set to take place over the course of five months and will stop in 24 cities including San Diego, Chicago, Boston and more.
Louis concluded his email writing, “I’m really looking forward to seeing your faces as I tell some rather impolite jokes and stories.”
The “Louie” creator attempted a comeback in 2018; however, he was met with severe backlash after telling an insensitive joke mocking survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting.