Five women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, according to a piece published by the New York Times yesterday. Most of them said that the comedian invited them into his hotel room and then masturbated in front of them. Louis C.K. recently admitted that these claims are, in fact, true.
Sarah Silverman's sister revealed that he also masturbated in front of her, fully naked, about 20 times.
She revealed this not to charge Louis with a crime, but instead to support the accusations of the other women who came forward.
People are just starting to come forward with stories of sexual misconduct by perpetrators (usually men) who have power over their careers. In Louis C.K.’s statement, he said that he didn’t realize at the time how he had power over the women he exposed himself to. They looked up to him, someone who was admired in the comedy community, and he abused that power.
Why are women just coming forward now? Because society is only now starting to believe them. People continue to believe powerful men over the women they assaulted.
Meanwhile, women have been dealing with the unwanted sexual attention their entire lives.
Twitter user Eve Peyser asked women to talk about those times in a Twitter thread.
She asked for people to share the first time that a man had masturbated in front of them without their consent. Then she added that the first time it had happened to her was when she was riding a train at age twelve.
Laura Silverman’s story surfaced during this thread on Twitter.
Laura replied to the tweet, saying that she had experienced a similar occurrence at a bus stop in Oakland.
She wasn’t able to get her bus home because a man decided that anyone who wanted to take the bus had to withstand the experience of watching him rub his genitals next to them without their consent.
Then she added that Louis C. K. had masturbated in front of her about twenty times.
They were on a road trip together before C.K. became famous. Every morning, he would masturbate, completely naked, on top of his bed. He said that she could sit in the hallway outside of the room if she wanted to, which she did many times. He insisted on touching himself lewdly every day even though he knew that she did not want him to do it.
She clarified that she didn't think it was a criminal act.
She wanted to talk about the incidents in order to give more power to the women who came forward with similar stories. After someone told Laura that C.K.’s acts were criminal, the original poster made a good point. She said, “probably best to listen to Laura instead of mansplaining her experience to her”.
She detailed the gross encounters in her next tweet…