Louis C.K. to Perform in Israel for First Time Since Sexual Harassment Admission

U.S. comedian, who admitted to masturbating in front of young female comedians without their consent, to perform Tel Aviv show on November 23

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Louis C.K. participates in a panel in California, August 9, 2017.
Louis C.K. participates in a panel in California, August 9, 2017.Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File

Louis C.K. is scheduled to appear in Israel on November 23, three years after performing a show in the country that saw 20,000 tickets sold. Tickets for the November show in Tel Aviv are to go on sale on Wednesday. It will be his first show in Israel since he admitted to exposing himself to and masturbating in front of several young female comedians without getting their permission.

C.K. apologized, saying that he would "step back and take a long time to listen," but then came under fire for performing a show less than a year later in which he did not mention the scandal and made a joke about rape whistles.

Last year, fellow comedian Sarah Silverman said C.K. had occasionally consensually masturbated in front of her. "I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him – so please don’t take this that way," she told Howard Stern. "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," she continued. "He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends."

When C.K. performed in Israel in 2016, the company responsible for selling tickets was criticized for the prices, ranging from $73 to $190, compared to $68 to $85 in Europe and around $50 in the U.S.

This year, the tickets are going on sale for between 194 shekels ($55) and 344 ($98).