Following an explosive New York Times piece containing allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K., and C.K.’s own subsequent apology and confirmation, the comedian’s long-time friend and colleague Pamela Adlon has made a statement of her own.

Adlon, who appeared as a foil for C.K. on his sitcom Louie, and who currently stars in her own series Better Things, released a statement to US Weekly in the wake of the news, expressing her shock and devastation at her friend’s actions.

She told the publication:

“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 behavior 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.” 

Days before the story broke, Pamela Adlon was interviewed by KCRW‘s The Business podcast, and admitted that she was aware of long-circulating rumours about her friend, saying:

“It hurts to read about things that people are saying about him. All I know is that, I know about him as being my partner on a show that is the opposite of any of this kind of horrible, negative things.”

C.K. was an executive producer on Better Things, as well as a number of projects on FX, but in a joint statement issued yesterday, the network and its production arm announced plan to sever ties with the comedian. They said:

Today, FX Networks and FX Productions are ending our association with Louis C.K. We are cancelling the overall deal between FX Productions and his production company, Pig Newton. He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him – Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi and The Cops.

Louis has now confirmed the truth of the reports relating to the five women victimized by his misconduct, which we were unaware of previously. As far as we know, his behavior over the past 8 years on all five series he has produced for FX Networks and/or FX Productions has been professional. However, now is not the time for him to make television shows. Now is the time for him to honestly address the women who have come forth to speak about their painful experiences, a process which he began today with his public statement.

FX Networks and FX Productions remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure that all people work in an environment that is safe, respectful and fair, and we will continue our review of all of these productions to ensure that was and is the case.

Pamela Adlon is one of many Louis C.K. collaborators to speak out in the wake of the scandal – earlier in the week, Parks & Recreation creator Mike Schur issued a statement, while the distributors behind his upcoming film I Love You, Daddy pulled it from release.

Source: US Weekly
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