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".
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.