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DOJ Evaluating Special Counsel To Look Into Clinton Foundation And Uranium One Deal

Acting on two requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Attorney General Jeff Session has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore “certain issues” involving the sale of Uranium One, along with allegations of pay-for-play related to the Clinton Foundation – leaving the door open for the appointment of a separate Special Counsel investigation.

In a letter exclusively obtained by Fox news, the Justice Department responded to July 27 and September 26 requests from congressional Republicans.

“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote.

“These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein], as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd wrote.

Via Fox News:

The Justice Department does not ordinarily confirm or deny investigations, and Boyd wrote that “this letter should not be construed to do so.”

The Justice Department’s letter specifically said that some of the topics requested by Goodlatte and other committee members were already being investigated by the department’s Inspector General’s office.

The letter specifically mentioned allegations related to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe, including allegations that DOJ and FBI “policies or procedures” were “not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” then-FBI Director James Comey’s public announcement to close the Clinton email “matter” on July 5, 2016, or the letter he sent lawmakers on October 28, 2016, about newly discovered Clinton emails, and that those “investigative decisions were based on improper considerations.”

“The Department has forwarded a copy of your letters to the IG so he can determine whether he should expand the scope of his investigation based on the information contained in those letters,” Boyd added. “Once the IG’s review is complete, the Department will assess what, if any, additional steps are necessary to address any issues identified by that review.”

Reviewing the evidence

  • Between 2009 and 2013, Russia bought Canadian mining company Uranium One – eventually giving them control over 20% of American uranium (at the time. It’s around 10% now).
  • Over roughly the same period, individuals involved in the Uranium One deal, including Russian nuclear officials, contributed over $140 million to the Clinton Foundation.
  • Coincidentally, I’m sure, the Obama administration – and Clinton State Department in particular, approved the deal.
  • The committee which approved the deal, the CFIUS, has been considered a “joke” for years, and a rubber-stamp committee of sorts.
  • Thanks to a FOIA request discovery byTwitter user Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) – who notably discovered Hillary Clinton’s IT guy ‘Stonetear’ asking Reddit users how to strip Clinton’s name from archived emails – we know that the FBI issued records retention requests to each member of the CFIUS which approved the Uranium One deal, weeks after the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email began, suggesting the discovery of potentially incriminating evidence.
  • No uranium was to leave the United States under the terms of the original agreement, however the Obama administration approved the export of U1 uranium via a Canadian transport company.
  • Tony Podesta of the quickly unraveling Podesta Group met with the Clinton Foundation regularly while he was lobbying for Uranium One, reportedly coordinating the Uranium One deal, a former executive of Podesta’s firm told Tucker Carlson.

Also notable is the 143% increase in weapons sales granted to Clinton Foundation donors by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, along with over 200 Bill Clinton speeches approved by the Obama admin State Dept. worth over $48 million. 

Whether or not the DOJ inquiry will turn anything up is a good question, as prosecuting potential Clinton crimes seem to be the last thing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ mind. He’d much rather jail people over a plant used by millions for medicinal purposes.

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GOLD RUSH: Ray Dalio Loads Up, Adds 575 Pct To $GLD ETF Position To Become 8th Largest Shareholder

Connecticut-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates just loaded up on gold – buying 3.3 million shares of the the SPDR ETF, GLD ($GLD), bringing his total position to 3.894 million shares of the paper derivative, worth around $473 million.

The shift into precious metals by the world’s largest hedge fund follows comments by founder Ray Dalio, who urged investors to buy gold in August in case “things go badly.” Until last quarter, Bridgewater didn’t own precious metals, until dipping their toes into Gold with a $68.1 million position in GLD, along with a $36.8 million position in Silver via the ETF $IAU.

When it comes to assessing political matters (especially global geopolitics like the North Korea matter), we are very humble. We know that we don’t have a unique insight that we’d choose to bet on. We can also say that if the above things go badly, it would seem that gold (more than other safe haven assets like the dollar, yen and treasuries) would benefit, so if you don’t have 5-10% of your assets in gold as a hedge, we’d suggest you relook at this. Don’t let traditional biases, rather than an excellent analysis, stand in the way of you doing this.
According to a 13F filing, Bridgewater’s 4th largest position as of September 30 was GLD. As a result, the fund is currently the 8th largest shareholder in the ETF.
Picture courtesy ZeroHedge

Dialo increased his position in the Silver ETF, IAU by a whopping 266% from 3.1 million shares to 11.3 million.

That’s nice and all Ray, but I’d rather have 1/2 billion dollars of physical gold and silver bars in a vault…

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Roy Moore Confirmed As Pervert, Trump Admin Considering Kicking Sessions Back To Senate

After people started questioning the Washington Post’s not-so rock solid report on Roy Moore dating a 14 year old while he was in his early 30’s, a woman named Beverly Young Nelson held a press conference with feminist lawyer Gloria Allred – recounting in vivid detail how Moore allegedly sexually assaulted her in a car, choking and groping her before dumping her on the pavement.

On top of that, Nelson held up her high school yearbook with Moore’s signature, and a note which read: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore… Roy Moore, DA.”

BUT WAIT [UPDATE]:

It appears that at least part of the signature was forged:

People have also pointed out that it’s highly unusual to sign a yearbook in December.

Bye Roy

Given the evidence at hand, Moore is all but done with politics – and will now retire in shame. His neighbors will gossip and his wife is sure to be kicked off the bridge club.

In response, the New York Times reports that the Trump administration is thinking of kicking Jeff Sessions to the curb, returning him to his Alabama Senate seat.

One idea now being discussed under this scenario, brought up by two different White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, would be for Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama to immediately appoint Attorney General Jeff Sessions to what had been his seat when it becomes vacant again. Mr. Sessions remains highly popular among Alabama Republicans, but his relationship with President Trump has waned since he recused himself from the investigation of the role that Russia played in last year’s campaign.

As The Hill notes, “It is unclear how, if Moore is elected, the seat would become vacant.”

Judge Roy Moore is under siege from the mainstream media and political class after the Washington Post published sexual advancement allegations against the Alabama GOP Senate candidate.

Last Thursday the Washington Post accused Judge Moore of dating a 14 year-old girl in 1979.

Moore denied the charges, saying he’s going to reveal the motivations behind the WaPo hit piece in the next few days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters today that Moore should drop out of the race.

When asked if he believes the allegations, McConnell replied, “I believe the women, yes.”

Mitch says OUT OUT OUT!

In response to the allegations, Mitch McConnell replied “I believe the women, yes.”

McConnell supports a write-in candidate for the Alabama senate seat, saying “That’s an option we’re looking at.”

Moore, in response, tweeted “The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp”

On Monday afternoon, NRSC chairman Cory Gardner released a statement saying, “I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office.”

I look forward to Trump’s tweet pointing out how he supported Moore’s opponent, Luther Strange, in the primaries.

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SMALL WORLD: Dopey Prince Alwaleed, Michael Jackson And Accused Pedo Gary Goddard Built Children’s Attractions Together

It was the mid 1990’s. Dopey (now arrested) Prince Alwaleed and his right hand man Tarak Ben Ammar were managing Michael Jackson’s career for some reason, after Jackson left his managers Sandy Gallin and Jim Morey in 1996 for Alwaleed’s relatively unknown Kingdom Entertainment.

Through some connection, perhaps a mutual interest, (dopey) Prince Alwaleed, Michael Jackson, and Hollywood producer Gary Goddard went into business together building theme park attractions for children – after Alwaleed and Jackson invested in 50% of Goddard’s Landmark entertainment group in 1997. The King of Pop and the Prince who got popped explained at the time that their investment was done thanks to their mutual interest in “traditional family values and cultural diversity.”

Michael Jackson, Dopey (now arrested) Prince Alwaleed, Gary Goddard

Goddard – one of the defendants in the 2014 “X Men” pedophile case with director Bryan Singer, was accused last week of molesting an underage Anthony Edwards along with three of his friends.

“Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.

Michael Jackson was arrested and acquitted of child molestation a few years later, while Gary Goddard was accused by actor Michael Egan of plying him with drugs and molesting him at around age 14 or 15 – a case Egan eventually withdrew.

Meanwhile Prince Alwaleed – the second largest investor in both Twitter and Citigroup (which picked Obama’s 2008 cabinet) – was arrested one week ago in a Saudi corruption crackdown. The fallen Prince stands accused of money laundering and other crimes.

The Saudi purge, which included 10 princes – one of whom was killed when he resisted, has resulted in the arrest of over 200 individuals, and represents a massive consolidation of power within the Kingdom.

What a small world!

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SULU NO! George Takei Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Former Model In 1981

Oh my. Encouraged by the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacdey, a former model and actor is accusing Star Trek icon George Takei of sexual assault in 1981, an story which four friends of the actor say he confided in them over the years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Accuser Scott R. Brunton, who was 23 at the time of the alleged incident, says Takai brought him up to his apartment, got him drink, and woke up to Takei about to go to town on him:

Takei, as Brunton tells it, invited him to dinner and the theater. “He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” Brunton says. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”

The two men went back to the actor’s condo for a drink the same night. “We have the drink and he asks if I would like another,” Brunton recalls. “And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”

The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton says. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”

But apparently a drunk 23 year old’s dick is, allegedly, fair game.

Second up on the Friday night accusation train is Anthony Edwards – who accused producer Gary Goddard of molesting him when he was 14.

Edwards, in an explosive new essay, claims that Goddard befriended him when he was 12 years old and proceeded to sexually molest him.

“Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.

All these accusations are flying – what about due process?

With all these accusations flying around, one has to question the value of hearsay in the court of public opinion. During the 2016 election, nearly a dozen women came forward to accuse President Trump of sexual deviancy.Absent any evidence or corroboration, each of the accusers faded back into the shadows.

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was also recently accused of having inappropriate relationships with underage girls 38 years ago – however upon review of the accusers and the way the story came together, the claims are now dubious.

Louis C.K. was just outed for jerking off in front of several women – a claim he admitted to after a story came out (but denied two months ago)

And now George Takei stands accused of groping a passed out drunk guy in his apartment in 1981 – a story apparently corroborated by several friends of the alleged victim.

So what’s the standard here in the absence of solid evidence?

Actor Jeremy Piven was recently accused of groping reality TV star Ariane Bellamar without her consent on two occasions, one of them allegedly on the set of Entourage. Piven vehemently denied the charge, offering to take a Polygrpah test to prove his innocence. Days later, actress Cassidy Freeman accused the actor of “predatory behavior,” and on Thursday, a third woman named Tiffany Bacon said Piven rubbed his dick on her without consent and ejaculated “all over my white turtleneck” in 2003.

Piven wrote in response to the allegations:

We seem to be entering dark times — allegations are being printed as facts and lives are being put in jeopardy without a hearing, due process or evidence I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment,” he wrote. “Continuing to tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive on any level. I hope we can use this moment to begin a constructive dialogue on these issues, which are real and need to be addressed.

Where do we draw the line when the cases aren’t so clear-cut and there’s a lack of evidence? One accuser? Two accusers? Several friends of the accusers? People who didn’t work for their accusers’ political enemies?

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Charlotte Air Traffic Controller Charged With Possession Of Weapon of Mass Destruction

An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International airport was arrested Friday and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Paul George Dandan, 30, was booked in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $45,000 bond.

WCNC reports:

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 30-year-old Paul George Dandan was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $45,000 bond. The FBI said they are assisting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police with their investigation and that they don’t anticipate federal charges to be filed against  Dandan at this time.

While the type of device Dandan was arrested for has yet to be revealed, the following is a definition of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” per Title 18 U.S.C. §2332a:

The FAA confirmed to NBC Charlotte that Dandan’s access to the airport has been terminated following his arrest.

In March of 2015, Dandan was arrested for assaulting a female.

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Roy Moore Story Unraveling? One Accuser Worked For Hillary, Another Claims Several Pastors Made Sexual Advances

From the outset, several aspects of the Washington Post‘s decades-old accusations of Roy Moore having inappropriate relations with four young women seemed off. In addition to odd circumstances surrounding the story’s origins, the accusers themselves – and even the WaPo journalist who wrote the story – have checkered pasts and political views which some could consider ulterior motives.

If the accusations against Moore are true, he needs to immediately step aside and exit politics – as both President Trump and, oddly, Mitch McConnell have stated. Moore has vehemently denied the charges.

How did the story come together?

As Radio host Mark Levin pointed out on his show last week that there are several aspects of the case which don’t really make sense. To recap; a Washington Post reporter overheard a rumor at a Roy Moore event in Alabama about Moore sexually abusing four girls 38 years ago, then found the women, interviewed them, and the rest is history.

Levin raised the following questions:

  • How did the WaPo reporter know there were four women, who they were, and how to contact them?
  • How is it that the reporter happened to overhear a rumor about four women who don’t know each other and have never met, yet the anonymous source the WaPo reporter ran into happened to know each girl’s story and how to contact them?
  • Why hasn’t any of this been reported in Moore’s 38 years in politics? And why now – a month before an important election to fill Jeff Sessions’ senate seat?

Adding to the list of questionable circumstances is the revelation that one of Moore’s accusers, Debbie Gibson, worked as a sign language interpreter for Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, and is actively campaigning for Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones.

As New York Times bestselling author, Attorney and Law professor James Hirsen  points out:

Here’s Gibson, hard at work for Hillary:

Another Moore accuser, Leigh Corfman, has claimed “several pastors at various churches made sexual advances at her.” This 3x divorcee who has also filed for bankruptcy three times.

The Star reports:

She says that her teenage life became increasingly reckless with drinking, drugs, boyfriends, and a suicide attempt when she was 16.

As the years went on, Corfman says, she did not share her story about Moore partly because of the trouble in her life. She has had three divorces and financial problems. While living in Arizona, she and her second husband started a screen-printing business that fell into debt. They filed for bankruptcy protection three times, once in 1991 with $139,689 in unpaid claims brought by the Internal Revenue Service and other creditors, according to court records.

In 2005, Corfman paid a fine for driving a boat without lights. In 2010, she was working at a convenience store when she was charged with a misdemeanor for selling beer to a minor. The charge was dismissed, court records show.

The WaPo reporter who penned the article wrote fake check, according to an 2011 Red State report

Ms. McCrummen has a rather interesting criminal history herself, as public criminal records in multiple states stretching across 4 time zones have shown.

Ms. McCrummen’s criminal history began with North Carolina Case # 1992 CR 00654, a violation of the Article 19 – False Pretenses and Cheats section of the North Carolina Criminal Code. Ms. McCrummen was convicted of a crime punishable by up to six months of imprisonment for writing a hot check that was deemed worthless.

Last but not least, former Secret Service agent Doug Lewis (@umpire43) has made an unsubstantiated claim that a WaPo reporter named “Beth” offered a family friend $1000 to accuse Roy Moore, and that a tape of the offer is in the hands of the DA. 

Again – if Roy Moore took advantage of four young women 38 years ago, it is reprehensible and he should face justice if at all possible. That said, several troubling aspects of the Moore accusations have come to light in the days since the report, casting what many feel is reasonable doubt on the entire thing.

Moore has denied the allegations and issued the following statement:

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Podesta Group CEO Quits Weeks After Tony Podesta’s Sudden Departure

Longtime Podesta Group CEO and former Jeb Bush staffer, Kimberly Fritts, is leaving the firm to start her own lobbying operation, three Podesta Group staffers told Politico.

Tony Podesta, who co-founded the Podesta Group with brother John Podesta, announced his resignation last Monday – hours after Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, surrendered to the FBI in connection to Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Tony Podesta’s name had become a scarlet letter,” a Podesta Group staffer told Politico, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding “I expect a lot of the top talent will go with her.

The Podesta Group had originally planned to reorganize under a different name under the direction of Fritts, however she announced her resignation during a Thursday staff meeting. Paul Brathwaite, a Podesta Group principal, said last week that he was leaving to start his own shop, Federal Street Strategies.

As Politico reported last week, the Podesta Group was “hustling to hang on to as many clients as possible,” amid two of the firm’s highest-paying clients, Oracle and Wells Fargo, jumping ship.

On the Fritts

Despite Fritts’s departure, her Podesta Group past may follow – as she is directly involved in the Russian influence scandal. Between 2012-2014, Fritts signed off on five FARA bi-annual supplemental statements which failed to disclose Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group’s use of a Ukrainian shell corporation to peddle Russian influence throughout Washington DC.

Fritts then retroactively filed a supplemental disclosure on April 12, 2017 that amended three years of omissions, which include the Podesta Group’s work with Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian shell corporation. (h/t MaryLander1109)

Deep Probe

Podesta and his now-disbanded firm are said to be a major focus in the Mueller investigation – with the DC lobbying shop identified as “Company B” in Manafort’s indictment.

As we reported two weeks agoa former longtime Podesta Group executive who was extensively interviewed by Mueller’s Special Counsel, told Fox’s Tucker Carlson that Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group had worked together since at least 2011 to peddle a “parade” of Russian oligarchs throughout DC.

Manafort, who was reportedly at the Podesta Group’s DC office “all the time, at least once a month,” worked with Tony Podesta through a shell group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU).

The executive also reported that Russia’s “central effort” was the Obama Administration. In order to get closer to the Clinton State Department – John Podesta reportedly recommended Clinton’s chief adviser at State, David Adams, for a job with the Podesta Group – giving the lobbying firm a “direct liaison” between the group’s Russian clients and Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

Uranium One

The David Adams hire fits hand-in-glove with with the timing of the notorious Uranium One deal – which ultimately saw 20 percent of American uranium sold over a period of several years to the Kremlin, after over $140 million was donated by Uranium One interests to the Clinton Foundation.

As part of the approval process for the transaction, the nine-member Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) – largely considered a joke – had to sign off. Curiously, internet researcher Katica uncovered documents obtained through a FOIA requiest which revealed FBI records retention requests to each member of the CFIUS who signed off on the Uranium One deal – weeks after the Clinton email investigation began.

“The committee almost never met, and when it deliberated it was usually at a fairly low bureaucratic level,” Richard Perle said. Perle, who has worked for the Reagan, Clinton and both Bush administrations added, “I think it’s a bit of a joke.” –CBS

Notably, the Podesta Group lobbied for Uranium One while failing to file as a foreign agent, with Tucker Carlson’s source revealing that Tony Podesta coordinated with a Clinton Foundation employee to discuss how to help the Russian-owned mining company.

Tony Podesta was basically part of the Clinton Foundation.” Former PG Exec

Bribes, Kickbacks and Art

In addition to hiding behind shady accounting, the Podesta Group had no board oversight, and all financial decisions were reportedly made by Tony Podesta, said Tucker Carlson’s source, who added that “payments and kickbacks could be hard for investigators to trace,” describing a “highly secret treasure trove” which could be used to conceal financial transactions – including Tony Podesta’s vast art collection.

All of this, according to Carlson’s source, while Kimberly Fritts filed bogus FARA reports on behalf of the Podesta Group. It will be interesting to see if she emerges from Mueller’s probe unscathed.

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Five Women Accuse Louis C.K. Of Furious And Unsolicited Masturbation

“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating.”

Comedian Louis C.K. – whose film premiere was just canceled, along with an appearance on Colbert, has been accused of masturbating in front of, and over the phone, with five women over the span of several years, according to a report in the New York Times.

As soon as they sat down in his room, still wrapped in their winter jackets and hats, Louis C.K. asked if he could take out his penis, the women said.

They thought it was a joke and laughed it off. “And then he really did it,” Ms. Goodman said in an interview with The New York Times.

The rumors about the comedian forcing women to witness him jerking off had been swirling for a while, however this is the first time his victims have come forward.

CK – who describes his penis as “Big, like an old man’s nose” declined to comment on the allegations.

The Times continues:

The stories told by the women raise sharp questions about the anecdotes that Louis C.K. tells in his own comedy. He rose to fame in part by appearing to be candid about his flaws and sexual hang-ups, discussing and miming masturbation extensively in his act — an exaggerated riff that some of the women feel may have served as a cover for real misconduct. He has all but invited comparison between his private life and his onscreen work, too: In “I Love You, Daddy,” which is scheduled to be released next week, a character pretends to masturbate at length in front of other people, and other characters appear to dismiss rumors of sexual predation.
Victims of Louis CK’s penis – Julia Wolov, left, and Dana Min Goodman said they felt “paralyzed” during an incident with him in Aspen, Colo.CreditEmily Berl for The New York Times

At the same time, Louis C.K. has also boosted the careers of women, and is sometimes viewed as a feminist by fans and critics. But Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov said that when they told others about the incident in the Colorado hotel room, they heard that Louis C.K.’s manager was upset that they were talking about it openly. The women feared career repercussions. Louis C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky, was adamant in an email that he “never threatened anyone.”

For comedians, the professional environment is informal: profanity and raunch that would be far out of line in most workplaces are common, and personal foibles — the weirder the better — are routinely mined for material. But Louis C.K.’s behavior was abusive, the women said.
“I think the line gets crossed when you take all your clothes off and start masturbating,” Ms. Wolov said.
‘You Want to Believe It’s Not Happening’

Ms. Corry, a comedian, writer and actress, has long felt haunted by her run-in with Louis C.K. In 2005, she was working as a performer and producer on a television pilot — a big step in her career — when Louis C.K., a guest star, approached her as she was walking to the set. “He leaned close to my face and said, ‘Can I ask you something?’ I said, ‘Yes,’” Ms. Corry said in a written statement to The New York Times. “He asked if we could go to my dressing room so he could masturbate in front of me.” Stunned and angry, Ms. Corry said she declined, and pointed out that he had a daughter and a pregnant wife. “His face got red,” she recalled, “and he told me he had issues.”

Word quickly reached the show’s executive producers, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who both confirmed the incident. “What happened to Rebecca on that set was awful,” Ms. Cox said in an email, adding that she felt “outrage and shock.”

“My concern was to create an environment where Rebecca felt safe, protected and heard,” she said. They discussed curtailing the production. Ms. Corry decided to continue with the show.
“Things were going well for me,” Ms. Corry said in the statement, “and I had no interest in being the person who shut down a production.”

A fifth woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her family’s privacy because she has not been publicly linked to the incident with Louis C.K., also has disturbing memories about an incident with the comedian. In the late ’90s, she was working in production at “The Chris Rock Show” when Louis C.K., a writer and producer there, repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, she said. She was in her early 20s and went along with his request, but later questioned his behavior.

“It was something that I knew was wrong,” said the woman, who described sitting in Louis C.K.’s office while he masturbated in his desk chair during a workday, other colleagues just outside the door. “I think the big piece of why I said yes was because of the culture,” she continued. “He abused his power.” A co-worker at “The Chris Rock Show,” who also wished to remain anonymous, confirmed that the woman told him about the experience soon after it happened.

Ms. Schachner, a writer, illustrator and performer, admired Louis C.K.’s work. They had met in the comedy scene; Ms. Schachner’s former boyfriend was a comedy writer who had worked with Louis C.K. In 2003, when she called Louis C.K. with an invitation to her show, he said he was at work in an office as a writer on the series “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” she recalled.
Their conversation quickly moved from the personal — Louis C.K. had seen photos of her on her boyfriend’s desk, he said, and told her he thought she was cute — to “unprofessional and inappropriate,” Ms. Schachner said.

She said she heard the blinds coming down. Then he slowly started telling her his sexual fantasies, breathing heavily and talking softly. She realized he was masturbating, and was dumbfounded. The call went on for several minutes, even though, Ms. Schachner said, “I definitely wasn’t encouraging it.” But she didn’t know how to end it, either. “You want to believe it’s not happening,” she said. A friend, Stuart Harris, confirmed that Ms. Schachner had described the call to him in 2003.

For years afterward, Ms. Schachner said, she felt angry and betrayed by an artist she looked up to. And she wondered what she could have done differently. “I felt very ashamed,” she said.
A Run-In, Then Fears About Speaking Out

During Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov’s surreal visit to Louis C.K.’s Aspen hotel room, they said they were holding onto each other, screaming and laughing in shock, as Louis C.K. masturbated in a chair. “We were paralyzed,” Ms. Goodman said. After he ejaculated on his stomach, they said, they fled. He called after them: “He was like, ‘Which one is Dana and which one is Julia?’” Ms. Goodman recalled.

Afterward, they ran into Charna Halpern, the owner of influential improv theaters in Los Angeles and Chicago, where Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov performed, and relayed what had happened. “I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know what to tell them to do,” said Ms. Halpern. Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov decided against going to the police, unsure whether what happened was criminal, but felt they had to respond in some way “because something crazy happened to us,” Ms. Goodman said.

Hoping that outrage would build against Louis C.K., and also to shame him, they began telling others about the incident the next day. But many people seemed to recoil, they said. “Guys were backing away from us,” Ms. Wolov said. Barely 24 hours after they left Louis C.K.’s hotel, “we could already feel the backlash.”

Soon after, they said they understood from their managers that Mr. Becky, Louis C.K’s manager, wanted them to stop telling people about their encounter with Louis C.K. Lee Kernis, one of the women’s managers at the time, confirmed on Thursday that he had a conversation in which he told Mr. Becky that Louis C.K.’s behavior toward the women had been offensive. Mr. Kernis also said that Mr. Becky was upset that the women were talking openly about the incident.

Mr. Becky denied making any threats toward the women. “I don’t recall the exact specifics of the conversation, but know I never threatened anyone,” he wrote by email on Thursday. Ms. Halpern and Robert Schroeder — Ms. Goodman and Ms. Wolov’s agent at the time — said that the pair told them that they felt they had been warned to stop talking.

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DC To Erect 8-Foot Statue Of Crackhead Mayor Marion “The Bitch Set Me Up” Barry

Former DC mayor Marion Barry, who died in 2014 at the age of 78, is set to be memorialized with an 8-foot statue.

In a Tuesday meeting, the DC Council Committee of the While voted unanimously that add the statue to the late mayor in front of the Wilson building.

Barry was notoriously busted on video in January, 1990 smoking crack cocaine with a hooker, though he always maintained his innocence – claiming a racist conspiracy and that “the bitch set me up.”

He was arrested by the FBI on drug charges and ended up serving six months in federal prison.

After his release, DC elected him mayor again for a fourth term from 1995 – 1999 (!?).

While the statue’s approval wasn’t finalized Tuesday, downtrend writes: “The approval is a virtual slam dunk and while Barry may have rehabilitated his image, the honor seems to send a mixed message considering his controversial past but to the left, there are some statues that are acceptable and some that are so racist that they need to be destroyed. It’s a hell of a contradiction in terms of values but that’s just the way that the Democrats roll.”

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