Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 9

Louis C.K. Bomshell, Steven Seagal, and a Kevin Spacey Update

Wow. Has it only been one day since the last roundup? Unfortunately, enough has happened that another is already merited. 

Louis C.K.

This was the big one of the day. Rumors have been swirling for a while that comedian Louis C.K. would soon be exposed as a sexual predator. Today, the premiere of his new film I Love You, Daddy as well as his appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, both scheduled for tonight, were abruptly canceled as the New York Times story was expected to hit. 

“Due to unexpected circumstances, tonight’s event for ‘I Love You, Daddy’ has been cancelled,” distribution company The Orchard told Variety on Thursday. “On behalf of The Orchard, please accept our apologies. We’re incredibly sorry for any inconvenience. ”

Hours later, that story dropped when the New York Times published the piece "Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say," in which "after years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates, women are coming forward to describe what they experienced." One woman said:

 “He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes,’” Ms. Corry said in a written statement to The New York Times. “He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.” Stunned and angry, Ms. Corry said she declined, and pointed out that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. “His face got red,” she recalled, “and he told me he had issues.”

Multiple women shared similar stories of the comedian pleasuring himself in front of them. 

Steven Seagal

Playmate/actress Jenny McCarthy alleges a "casting couch" incident with action star Steven Seagal when she auditioned for Under Siege 2 in 1995. She says that, when she was called to read for the part, she “purposefully wore a muumuu to the audition so the casting people would actually look at my face and watch my work.” He tried to get her to sit on the couch with him, and she said she preferred to stand, and then he said that he couldn't see her body in what she was wearing, which was a problem because the part required nudity. When McCarthy said that her agent assured her there was no nudity, Seagal told her “there is off-camera nudity,” and asked her to expose herself. McCarthy says she told him to buy her Playboy video and left, but he followed her out to her car, warning her not to tell anybody "or else." She went on to say “And I thought about like, ‘I was the last girl that day. How many girls had to take off their clothes? How many girls had to do more?’ It just so grossed me out.”

Kevin Spacey

Things are falling apart for disgraced actor Kevin Spacey. His upcoming film All the Money in the World is scheduled for release on December 22, and Spacey is being replaced by another actor. Director Ridley Scott and Imperial Entertainment are quickly reshooting all of Spacey's scenes with actor Christopher Plummer and redoing all marketing materials to erase Spacey from the film in time to meet the original release date. They won't be able to screen the film on the closing night of the AFI Fest, however, and have had to withdraw from that prestigious spot. Wow.