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Louis CK Talks About Scandal During Overseas Show

Comedian is on an international tour
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2019 2:51 PM CST
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Israelis walk past a billboard Thursday announcing comedian Louis C.K.'s show in Holon.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

(Newser) – Two years after being swept up in the #MeToo movement and acknowledging sexual misconduct with multiple women, comedian Louis CK took to the stage at a nearly packed basketball arena outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where the audience seemed ready to let it go, per the AP. "How have your last couple of years been?" he asked near the start of the hour-long set Thursday night, before describing himself sitting in a restaurant, eating alone, as someone at another table gives him the finger for the duration of the meal. Later in the set before about 5,000 people, he acknowledged his transgressions, saying that even though he had asked permission before masturbating in front of women, it had been a mistake. "If they say 'yes,' then still don't do it, because it's not popular."

The comedian’s career imploded in November 2017 after the New York Times reported claims of harassment. CK acknowledged abusing his power over others and causing them pain, but did not publicly apologize. He vowed to "step back and take a long time to listen." But he returned to the stage less than a year later, and is now on an international tour that includes several sold-out shows. Protesters have gathered outside some of them, including a small demonstration outside his first show in Tel Aviv organized by a local women’s advocacy group. The group’s director said those attending the show "are basically telling him everything is OK, you’re not going to pay a price." The people who were prepared to forgive CK before the show emerged reassured. "It was just hilarious," one said as she left the arena. His tour comes to the US next month, per the Daily News.

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