Pamela Adlon has released a statement today about the allegations and admissions made against and by her long-time collaborator Louis CK this week, stating that she is “devastated” and “grieving” over CK’s statement that several stories recently printed about him in The New York Times—alleging that he masturbated in front of at least five women without their consent—were true. Adlon released the following statement this afternoon, via FX:
Hi. I’m here. I have to say something. It’s so important.
My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.
CK isn’t just a producer on Adlon’s FX series, Better Things, but also one of the major creative forces behind it, directing the pilot, and writing or co-writing every episode of its second season. (Before that, he also cast Adlon in a major recurring part on Louie, including a now even-creepier scene in which he forcefully manipulates her character into a kiss.) Today’s statement was the first time Adlon has spoken out about CK since the allegations against him (formally) came out; earlier this week—before the Times piece ran—she responded to questions about the rumors around him by saying, “It hurts to read about things that people are saying about him. All I know is that, I know about him as being my partner on a show that is the opposite of any of this kind of horrible, negative things.”
FX officially cut ties with CK earlier today, announcing that he would no longer receive compensation for Better Things or any of his other shows that it’s producing. It’s not clear yet what effects that decision will have on the future fate of Adlon’s show.