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Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Is No Longer Being Released Following Allegations

The Orchard
The Orchard

Well that didn’t take long. Louis C.K.‘s controversial I Love You, Daddy is no longer being released by distribution company The Orchard following yesterday’s New York Times story, in which five women accused the comedian of sexual harassment. The company revealed the news in a statement to the paper on Friday morning, shared via the Times‘ Cara Buckley on Twitter.

Shortly after the Times story yesterday, a representative for the company told ScreenCrush via email that they were still intending to release the movie on November 22 in Austin (it was originally set for a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on November 17), and to expect a screener to arrive in the mail “soon” – many members of my critics guild, GALECA, received I Love You, Daddy screeners in the mail just yesterday; what timing. But while screeners may already be in the mail, the movie will no longer see the light of day, at least by The Orchard’s doing – I mean, C.K. has self-distributed in the past, but I don’t see that working in his favor here.

I Love You, Daddy, directed and co-written by C.K. along with Vernon Chatman, was already leaving an unsavory taste in critics’ mouths before the Times exposé. The film is heavily influenced by Woody Allen in more ways than one; shot in black-and-white, it’s aesthetically an homage to Manhattan, but it also stars John Malkovich as a 50-something Hollywood director accused of rape and pedophilia, and who turns his gaze toward C.K.’s teenage daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz).

But most disturbing is a scene that features Charlie Day’s character Ralph pretending to masturbate as a woman (Rose Byrne) speaks on the phone, and seemingly not caring when another woman enters the room and realizes what he’s doing. Vulture describes the scene in detail:

Ralph continues to pretend-masturbate for the rest of the scene, even as Glen’s harried producing partner (Edie Falco) enters the room. As she stops and sizes up what he’s doing, Ralph is wholly unbothered by her reaction; if anything, he ramps things up in her presence, jerking his phantom penis to completion.

That scene is particularly upsetting in light of the Times piece, in which multiple women claim C.K. masturbated in front of them. Comedian Abby Schachner told the paper that during a phone conversation with C.K., “she could hear him masturbating as they spoke.” The stories in the Times are far from the first time such allegations have been made against C.K. though. Gawker first published a blind item in 2012 about an unnamed male comic who had masturbated in front of female comics, and three years later the site published a story with allegations against C.K. that seemed to point to the initial piece.

Ahead of the Times piece yesterday, The Orchard canceled I Love You, Daddy‘s New York premiere on Thursday evening, and C.K. also reportedly canceled a scheduled appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on the same night. Following the allegations, some of I Love You, Daddy‘s cast said they would cease promoting the movie. Day told the Los Angeles Times, “I do not condone sexual misconduct and, in light of the allegations, will not be promoting the movie further.” Moretz’s representatives said that the actress chose to stop promoting the movie when she learned of the rumored allegations two weeks ago. The rest of the cast, including Byrne, Falco, Malkovich and Helen Hunt, along with C.K.’s writing partner Pamela Adlon, have yet to comment.

In response to the allegations, HBO removed C.K’s content from the network’s streaming and on-demand libraries and pulled the comedian from John Stewart’s upcoming autism benefit along with. FX is also currently reviewing their relationship with the Louie creator

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