A little less than two months after its uncomfortable premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York premiere of Louis CK’s new Woody Allen-inspired dramedy I Love You, Daddy has been canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In an email, distributor The Orchard said, “Due to unexpected circumstances, tonight’s event for I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled. On behalf of The Orchard, please accept our apologies. We’re incredibly sorry for any inconvenience.” CK has also canceled an upcoming appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, with William H. Macy taking his place.
The film has been controversial not only for its child rape jokes and parallels between its plot—about a TV producer whose 17-year-old daughter is courted by an aging film director suspected of pedophilia—and the ongoing allegations against Woody Allen, but because of the accusations of sexual misconduct that have trailed CK himself for years. (Recently, Tig Notaro called on CK to “handle” the allegations, and Jen Kirkman walked back comments on CK’s alleged habit of forcing women to watch him masturbate that she made on a podcast in 2015.)
On that last note: The New York Times is reportedly preparing a story on CK as we speak. Variety reports that the article is about “allegations of sexual harassment” made against CK; in a recent interview with the New York Times at TIFF, CK denied the allegations against him, saying, “They’re rumors, that’s all that is.”
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The aforementioned New York Times story is now live. In it, five women go on the record with allegations of sexual misconduct against CK, and describe the negative effect attempts to report it have had on their careers.