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Comedian Louis C.K. admits to sexual misconduct claims

Comedian Louis C.K. has admitted to exposing himself to women. Credit: PA

Comedian Louis CK has admitted that allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by five women "are true".

The American film star, 50, shared a lengthy statement in response to the claims, in which he said he felt "remorseful" and that there was "nothing about this that I forgive myself for".

His comments came after he was accused of masturbating in front of a number of comedians and actresses in an article in The New York Times.

He apologised to the cast and crew of several projects he has been working on, his family, children and friends, his manager and the FX network.

The 438-word statement, released to the Associated Press, ends with the comedian vowing to stop talking and leave the spotlight, stating "I will now step back and take a long time to listen".

These stories are true.

At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d*** 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 (penis) 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.

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.

– Louis C.K.

The statement also said: "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for."

Actress and writer Pamela Adlon, who worked with CK on comedy-drama show Better Things, said in a statement: "Hi. I'm here. I have to say something. It's so important.

"My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behaviour by my friend and partner, Louis C.K.

"I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able."

Online streaming service Netflix said it was pulling a CK stand-up production, while independent distributor The Orchard said it had scrapped plans to distribute his latest film, I Love You, Daddy, in the wake of the allegations.