The New York City premiere of Louis C.K.’s new movie was abruptly canceled amid a New York Times report about sexual misconduct allegations against the Newton-bred comedian.
The Paris Theatre screening of “I Love You, Daddy” scheduled for Thursday was canceled “due to unexpected circumstances,” distribution company The Orchard said in a statement. C.K.’s scheduled Friday appearance on ‘‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’’ also has been scrapped.
However, an unnamed source told The Hollywood Reporter that the cancellations came as the Times was preparing to publish a damaging story about him.
The Times report, which was published shortly after Thursday afternoon, outlined several women’s stories about how C.K. allegedly masturbated in front of them or while talking to them.
“He abused his power,” one woman told the Times.
C.K.’s publicist declined to comment on the story Tuesday night, according to the Times.
The Massachusetts native’s controversial new movie is about a TV comedy writer (played by Louis C.K.) who becomes outraged when his spoiled 17-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) becomes besotted with a 60-something filmmaking legend, played by John Malkovich.
C.K.’s new film has stirred some controversy, in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct engulfing some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
And, in what might be an autobiographical nod, one character in C.K.’s new movie “aggressively mimics masturbating in front of others,” according to the Times.
The film also draws parallels to Woody Allen's 1979 film “Manhattan,” in which Allen played a TV writer who has an affair with a 17-year-old schoolgirl.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.