Stand-up comedian Marc Maron said he always knew about Louis CK's behviour towards women, but the disgraced comic continued to deny.
Before the five women came forward to accuse C K of sexual misconduct, in a New York Times expose, Maron said he previously addressed the rumours with C K himself, who rubbished them.
"Sadly, I knew what most people knew. There was a story out there, I guess going back several years, there were unnamed people in the story, it took place in a hotel room in Aspen.
"It was always out there, but then it would pick up momentum at different times. And I would ask him about it. I would say, 'This story about you forcing these women to watch you jerk off, what is that, is that true?'" Maron said on Monday's episode of his podcast, "WTF, Maron."
Maron detailed their discussion. "He goes, 'No, it's not true. It's not real. It's a rumour.' And I would say, 'Well, are you going to address it somehow? Handle it? Get out from under it whenever it shows up?' 'No I can't, I can't do that. I can't give it life, give it air.' That was the conversation."
"So I believed my friend. It's just the environment that enabled the dismissiveness of it," Maron said.
C K confirmed the stories on Friday and apologised.
In the wake of the scandal, Indie distributor The Orchard cancelled the November 17 release of C K's film "I Love You, Daddy," while Netflix scrapped a planned comedy special, and HBO announced it would remove all programs from the comedian off its platforms.
FX and 3 Arts Entertainment also cut ties with C K, and Universal Pictures and Illumination have terminated their relationship with the comedian for the sequel "The Secret Life of Pets 2.
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