Jon Stewart opened up about the sexual harassment or sexual assault allegations against Louis C.K. for the very first time.
During an interview with Today, Stewart commented publically for the first time on the matter, he expressed that he is deeply shocked by the New York Times report in which five women claimed that they have been sexually harassed by Louis C.K. or C.K.’s behavior was inappropriate towards those women.
According to the women who first came forward and accused C.K. of sexual harassment said that he masturbated in front of them, either asked whether he could masturbate in front of them over the phone call or he was heard masturbating while talking to them on the phone.
In his statement, C.K. confirmed the news and said that this is a true story of real incident. In his statement, C.K. said, “These stories are true…. The power I had over these women is that they admired me.” He added, “and I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
On Tuesday, Stewart said, “You give your friends the benefit of the doubt: I tried to think about it in terms of, I’ve had friends who have had compulsions and have done things — gambling or drinking or drugs — and we’ve lost some of them.”
Stewart said, “Some of them have died. You always find yourself back to a moment of, ‘Did I miss something? Could I have done more?’ And in this situation, I think we all could have. So you feel anger at what you did to people.”
Stewart talked to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie while promoting his upcoming HBO show named Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs. Stewart told Lauer that he was “stunned” by the sexual miscount reports against Louis C.K. He added, “Comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women.”