November 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm PST | by Mariah Cooper
Tig Notaro ‘felt trapped’ by her business relationship with Louis C.K.

(Photo by Ruthie Wyatt; courtesy Brightest Young Things.)

Tig Notaro says that she “felt trapped” by her association with Louis C.K. as sexual misconduct allegations surrounding him grew.

The New York Times published the accounts of five women who allege C.K. sexually harassed them. Notaro told the New York Times that two of the women, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, are her friends. Goodman and Wolov, among the other three women, allege that C.K. masturbated in front of them.

C.K. released Notaro’s comedy album in 2012 but she told the Times she began to feel “trapped” by their relationship as sexual misconduct allegations began to grow.

Notaro says she learned of the allegations when she sold her series “One Mississippi” to Amazon. C.K. is listed an executive producer on the show.

“Sadly, I’ve come to learn that Louis C.K.’s victims are not only real, but many are actual friends of mine within the comedy community,” Notaro told the Times.

However, she clarified to the Daily Beast in an August interview that despite the title C.K. has “nothing to do with the show.”

Notaro may have used “One Mississippi” to call out C.K.’s alleged behavior. In one scene a male executive masturbates in front of his female employee, a striking similarity to the accounts being told about C.K.

She urged C.K. to “handle” the sexual misconduct rumors against him.

“I think it’s important to take care of that, to handle that, because it’s serious to be assaulted,” Notaro says. “It’s serious to be harassed. It’s serious, it’s serious, it’s serious.”

C.K. addressed the allegations on Friday saying “these stories are true.” He apologizes for the negative impact his actions have caused to those he works with including the cast and crew of “One Mississippi.”

“I’d be remiss to exclude the hurt that I’ve brought on people who I work with and have worked with who’s professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of ‘Better Things,’ ‘Baskets,’ ‘The Cops,’ ‘One Mississippi,’ and ‘I Love You, Daddy’,” C.K. writes in a statement.

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