Roseanne Barr accused Louis C.K.’s accusers of wanting to trade sexual favors for money, and said Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris “slept her way to the bottom” in a new interview posted Sunday.
The comedian sat down with conservative commentator Candace Owens in an interview posted on YouTube about politics, Hollywood, race, religion and the #MeToo movement. She took specific aim at the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in his hotel room.
“If you don’t run out the room, and go, ‘Excuse me, you don’t talk to me that way, you don’t do that to me, excuse me,’ and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like” — she feigned tears — “‘I thought maybe he was gonna give me a writing job,’ well you ain’t nothing but a ho.”
She added, “They’re pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.”
The New York Times reported in 2017 that five women — comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov and Rebecca Corry, the writer Abby Schachner, and a fifth woman who spoke on condition of anonymity — described situations in which Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them, asked if he could masturbate in front of them, or masturbated during a phone call.
Goodman and Wolov said that Louis C.K. invited them back to his hotel room for a nightcap after a 2002 show in Colorado, and that as soon as they sat down, he asked to take his penis out. They thought he was joking.
“And then he really did it,” Goodman told the Times. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”
Contrary to Barr’s account, neither the Times nor Louis C.K. has ever said the women sought money.
Louis C.K. said in a statement that he initially believed “what I did was O.K.” because he asked the women first. But he said he later realized that because of his power over them, such a request “isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.”
“The power I had over these women is that they admired me,” he said in the statement. “And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
Barr also called the California Democratic senator “Kama Sutra Harris.” Referring to the presidential contender’s romantic relationship with ex-San Francis Mayor Willie Brown more than 20 years ago, Owen said that Harris “slept her way to the top.”
Barr interjected, “She slept her way to the bottom.”
Barr said her insight into women is different than most because she has two sons — 23 and 40 — and five grandsons. “I know a ho when I see one,” she told Owens. “I’m telling ya, they come for my boys ’cause my boys, you know, I’m their mom and they’re, you know, we have a little bit money. So I got an eagle eye for this thing.”
You can watch and listen to Barr’s complete interview below.