Kovert Creative CEO Lewis Kay bailed out today on Louis C.K., who was accused by five different women of sexual misconduct in a New York Times blockbuster report on Nov. 9.
He quit via Twitter after C.K. admitted his misbehavior, apologized to the women in the NYT piece and expressed remorse for his actions.
"I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn’t want to hear it," he said in a statement. "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with.
The fallout from the Times article includes a statement from cable TV's FX Network, home to C.K's "Louie."
It is reviewing any sexual allegations that may have been lodged against C.K. on any of his shows produced over the past eight years.
HBO cancelled C.K.'s appearance on its "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs" set to air Nov. 18, while Orchard film production company today dropped plans to release "I Love You, Daddy," a film directed by and starring C.K., that also was to be released this month.
Kay, veteran entertainment and personal branding pro. has worked with talent such as Amy Poehler, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Jack Black.
Prior to Kovert, Kay was executive VP/COO at PMK/BNC's entertainment division, responsible for talent, TV, film, music, lifestyle and special events.