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Sarah Silverman Apologizes After Defending Louis C.K.’s Masturbation Habits

Sarah Silverman apologized to one of Louis C.K.‘s accusers on Tuesday after she commented on his masturbation practices in an interview with Howard Stern.

Speaking with the shock jock on Monday, Silverman said that when she and C.K. were younger, he masturbated in front of her with her consent. She drew a distinction between her experience and those of the women who accused C.K. of sexual harassment for masturbating in front of them.

“I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this,” Silverman said. “I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals. When we were kids, and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I’d go, ‘Fuck yeah I want to see that!’ … It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘Fucking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.”

Rebecca Corry, a comedian who claimed C.K. masturbated in front of her the day their T.V. pilot premiered, responded to Silverman’s comments.

“To be real clear, CK had ‘nothing to offer me’ as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me,” she wrote on Twitter. “He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it.”

“Rebecca I’m sorry,” Silverman replied. “Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind.”

“Thank you,” Corry said. “I know exactly how you feel. I can’t seem to live my life without getting rape & death threats, harassed & called a cunt regularly for simply telling the truth. I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this shit.”

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