Louis C.K. Returns to Stand-Up with Surprise New York Performance

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Louis C.K. made his first public appearance onstage at a comedy club Monday night since admitting to sexual misconduct last November, the New York Times reported.

C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar in New York City, one of his regular haunts before he disappeared from the public eye after admitting to inappropriate conduct such as masturbating in front of women. 

According to the report, the disgraced comedian made an appearance at around 11 p.m. and performed a 15-minute set. He did not address the current scandal that surrounds him during his performance. He was greeted with an ovation by the crowd. 

Following claims made by five women that C.K. had performed inappropriate sexual conduct in their presence, and the comedian's own admission of the alleged misconduct, C.K. lost his production deal with FX (home of his comedy series Louie) and the canceled release of the film he directed, wrote and starred in, I Love You, Daddy, last year.

HBO similarly cut ties with C.K. and Netflix removed his specials from their streaming services.

"These stories are true," C.K. said of the allegations after they were made public. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."

This article originally appeared in THR.com.