Embattled comedian Louis C.K. personally apologised to one of his sexual harassment accusers years after their encounter - only to say sorry for the wrong incident.
Actress Rebecca Corry was one of the five women who accused the American Hustle star of inappropriate behaviour in a New York Times expose, published last Thursday (09Nov17), prompting Louis to issue a lengthy statement on Friday (10Nov17), admitting all the allegations were true.
Now Corry has recalled her experience in a candid interview for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, revealing the funnyman had been so casual about wanting to expose himself to her while they were shooting a TV pilot in 2005.
"I was walking to set to shoot my scene, and he approached me and got really close to my face and said, 'Can I ask you something?'," she shared. "I said, 'Yes,' and he said, 'Can I masturbate in front of you in your dressing room?'"
Corry was stunned by his bravado and immediately reported the incident to the show's executive producers Courteney Cox and her then-husband David Arquette, who were equally as disturbed by Louis' behaviour, and offered to shut down production as a result.
However, Corry refused, as she simply wanted to "pretend like it never happened" - something she now regrets.
"If I could do anything differently, it would be that day, I would have shut down production," she said. "I would have confronted it, and I would have dealt with it then, because I have learned that doing nothing, saying nothing, that is not helpful."
According to reporter Linsey Davis, Corry was reminded about the sexual misconduct a decade later, in 2015, when Louis C.K., real name Louis Szekely, called her to apologise for his actions, but the chat left her even more disturbed than she had been at the time of their initial exchange.
Discussing her interview with Corry with GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos after the segment aired on Monday (13Nov17), she explained, "(Corry) said at the time, he said, 'Oh, I'm sorry that I forced you into a closet,' and she said, 'Well, that's not even what happened,' so then she was thinking he must do this with a lot of different people, because this isn't even this incident that happened."
Still, Corry didn't want to go public with her story at the time, even though she claims Louis' behaviour was "sort of common knowledge in the comedy world", because she just wanted to move on with her life.
Davis added, "She really wanted to get over it and smooth things over."
Louis C.K.'s career has been left in ruins following the release of his confessional statement - the married father-of-two was dropped by his manager, agent, and publicist, and also had projects dumped by TV bosses at HBO, FX, and Netflix, hours after distribution officials behind his latest film, I Love You Daddy, announced they would no longer be releasing the movie. He has since also been dropped as the lead vocal talent in the sequel to his 2016 animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, which had been due to hit theatres in 2019.