Sarah Silverman got candid about her longtime friendship with Louis C.K. in a new interview on the Howard Stern Show on Monday. In it, she admitted that he had masturbated in front of her, too. However, she didn’t have the same feelings about it that the multiple women who accused him of sexual misconduct did and likely still do.
While the star of Hulu’s I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman said during the interview that what her “brother” C.K. did to his accusers “was wrong,” she admitted, “It’s all very black and white until it comes to your front door and the bad guy is someone you love.” She went on to say she doesn’t think he should be lumped in with “serial rapist Bill Cosby” or Harvey Weinstein. “His pathology is permission based,” she said. “I’m not saying it’s okay because once he got famous, even just in the comedy community, that changes everything and it makes it not OK.”
However, she noted, he took responsibility for his behavior, apologized (though that was even controversial), and wants to make it right — versus the men who “deny, deny, deny” accusations against them, she said.
Silverman — who noted in the interview multiple times that comedians are “freaks,” “freaky,” and “perverted” — seemed to surprise even Stern when she went on to say that C.K. asked her permission to masturbate in front of her. “I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known him forever. I’m not making excuses for him. Please don’t take that this way. We are peers. We are equals,” she prefaced. “So when we were kids and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘F*** yeah. I want to see that. Yeah. It was like science!”
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