Comedians Sarah Silverman and Louis C.k. at the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

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Sarah Silverman: Louis CK masturbated in front of me

October 23, 2018 - 9:37 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Comedian Sarah Silverman says fellow comic Louis CK used to masturbate in front of her.

During an interview on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show, Silverman said she gave Louis permission to do it.

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“I’ve known Louis forever, I’m not making excuses for him, so please don’t take this that way. We are peers. We are equals," she said.

Silverman said the requests came when the two comedians 'were kids' and that at times she would enthusiastically consent -- when she didn't, the pair would get pizza instead.

Variety reports, Silverman told the story to explain why she did not believe that Louis understood the power that came with his newfound fame.

“I’m not saying what he did was okay. I’m just saying at a certain point, when he became influential, not even famous, but influential in the world of comedy, it changes,” she said, “He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not okay.”

Silverman echoed calls for Louis to work through the issue on stage.

“I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He’s going to have to find his way or not find his way.” she said.

Louis took nearly a year off from performing after admitting to masturbating in front of five women last year.

He recently returned to the stage, making appearances at a club on Long Island and at the Comedy Cellar.