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Louis C.K. confesses to sexual misconduct

On Friday, comedian Louis C.K. confirmed allegations by five women who said he either asked to masturbate in front of them or in fact did so without permission. "These stories are true," C.K. said in a statement. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay … [b]ut what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them."

C.K.'s new film, I Love You, Daddy, was canceled by its distributor on Friday following the reports of his sexual misconduct.

"The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else," C.K. said, adding: "I will now step back and take a long time to listen." Read his full statement below. Jeva Lange