Louis CK’s Manager ‘Extremely Sorry’ for How He Handled Scandal: ‘What I Did Was Wrong’

“My intent was to seek discretion to protect what I thought was a matter of infidelity,” Dave Becky says

Louis C.K.’s longtime former manager, Dave Becky, has apologized after it was suggested that he tried to keep two women from publicly accusing the comedian of sexual misconduct.

“My intent was to seek discretion to protect what I thought was a matter of infidelity,” Becky said in a statement issued Monday. “I now comprehend that my response was perceived as a threat to cover-up sexual misconduct. This is not an excuse. What I did was wrong, and again, I am extremely sorry.”

Numerous women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct in a New York Times story that published Thursday. Two of the women, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, said Becky pressured them to not go forward with their story of C.K. forcing them to watch him masturbate in an Aspen hotel room.

“I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia,” Becky said. “If I had, I would have taken this event as seriously as it deserved to be, and I would have confronted Louis, which would have been the right thing to do.”

C.K. said Friday that all of the accusations in the Times story are true, leading 3 Arts, agency APA and publicist Lewis Kay to all drop him as a client. C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy” has been shelved by distributor The Orchard, while FX cut ties with the star and dropped his executive producer credit from all of his projects with the company.

Becky’s statement is below:

I profoundly regret and am deeply sorry for not listening to and not understanding what happened to Dana and Julia. If I had, I would have taken this event as seriously as it deserved to be, and I would have confronted Louis, which would have been the right thing to do. 

I am providing this context so that others do not make the same mistake I did.  At that time, I heard the story third-hand, and I interpreted the conversation as two women telling a story about a sexual encounter with a then-married Louis.  Albeit enormously embarrassing, in no way did I interpret the interaction as threatening or non-consensual. I misperceived the casual way the story was portrayed to me  – instead I should have recognized that it must have been a mask for their unease and discomfort in the face of his detestable behavior. My intent was to seek discretion to protect what I thought was a matter of infidelity. I now comprehend that my response was perceived as a threat to cover-up sexual misconduct. This is not an excuse. What I did was wrong, and again, I am extremely sorry.

In hindsight, I was operating blindly from a one-sided place of privilege. Until last week, I knew only of this one isolated incident.  Although this may sound naïve, it is true.  Never once, in all of these years, did anyone mention any of the other incidents that were reported recently — I am appalled to learn of these.  I have come to realize my status wielded an atmosphere where such news did not reach me, or worse yet, that it seemed such news did not matter to me.  It does.  It matters tremendously.

I am going to take time to reflect on this, to educate myself daily, and to strive towards a more enlightened path. I want to ensure that all voices around me are heard, and that everyone is treated respectfully and empathetically. More than anything, I want to create an environment that is a better, safer and fairer place.

Sincerely,

Dave Becky