Comedian Louis C.K. says allegations of sexual misconduct are true, expresses remorse

NEW YORK —Comedian Louis C.K. says recent allegations of sexual misconduct are true and is expresses remorse in a statement in which he admitted using his power "irresponsibly."

The comedian issued a statement Friday saying the sexual misconduct claim by five women against him "are true" and he "can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them."

He apologized to the cast and crew of several projects he's been working on, his family, children and friends, his manager and the FX network.

The 438-word statement ends with the comedian vowing to stop talking and leave the spotlight, stating "I will now step back and take a long time to listen."

On Thursday, the New York Times published a story of five women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.

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