Louis C.K. accused 
of sexual misconduct in Aspen hotel room

by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
After an explosive report Thursday in The New York Times about five women accusing comedian Louis C.K. of sexual improprieties, including two who said he masturbated in front of them in an Aspen hotel room, an Aspen police detective said the women are free to contact his department.

 Aspen police’s Ritchie Zah stopped short of saying whether he felt C.K.’s alleged behavior, when he and two of the women were in town in 2002 for the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, rose to the level of a crime.

The women, Julia Wolov and Dana Min Goodman, who are comedians themselves, told the Times that C.K. invited them to his room after they had performed a late-night gig. He allegedly asked if he could take out his penis, which they thought was a joke.

“And then he really did it,” Goodman told the paper. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off … and started masturbating.”

The women were “screaming and laughing in shock,” with Goodman describing their reaction as being “paralyzed.” They eventually fled the room. But they did not report it to police because they didn’t know if a crime had been committed.

Zah said he would need to know more before deciding whether to potentially bring a charge against C.K.

“I can’t say based on the little we’ve heard whether [the] behaviors are criminal or not,” he said. “The specifics of the case, which we do not yet have, could dictate the statute of limitations.

“Even if a statute of limitations [issue] became involved, we want the public to know that we still would investigate the case to the best of our abilities.”

Zah said police “will talk to anyone who wants to call and report a crime.” But he did not respond when asked if, based on the details in the story, Aspen authorities would reach out to the women, instead of the other way around. Messages left with the district attorney’s office about a possible investigation were not returned.

The Times story apparently caused C.K. to cancel the New York premiere of his new film, “I Love You, Daddy,” which is about a man who struggles with his 17-year-old daughter’s relationship with a 68-year-old filmmaker.

Rumors of similar inappropriate behavior have swirled around C.K. for years, but this was the first time women went on the record. C.K. is the latest high-profile man in Hollywood to be accused of acting unseemly, if not criminally, against colleagues.

His alleged behavior in Aspen impacted Wolov and Goodman for years, they told the Times. To shame him, they started telling people about the alleged incident.

“Guys were backing away from us,” Wolov told the paper. Barely 24 hours after they left C.K.’s hotel, “we could already feel the backlash.”

They said they learned that C.K.’s manager was upset that they were talking openly about it, though the manager told the Times that he never threatened them.

Still, they told the paper that they believed the fallout had caused them to “make a bunch of enemies” in the entertainment industry.

chad@aspendailynews.com