by Jessica Sager
COMEDIAN Tig Notaro is glad she can finally open up about why she and Louis C.K. had a falling out - she knew about his sexual misconduct for years before the public did.
"It's a huge relief to have him removed [from the industry], but I found this out right after we sold the show, that this was happening, and I publicly started trying to distance myself from him for almost two years now," Notaro, 46, said on The View on Monday.
"When this all came out, even though I knew first-hand from people, it wasn't my place to call out names, [it's] somebody else's story."
In November, a New York Times report revealed that C.K., 50, had been exposing himself and masturbating in front of several female comedians for nearly two decades.
he next day, the comedian admitted to "showing his d**k" to his accusers and apologised.
Notaro sought to expose C.K.'s behaviour (without naming names) on her Amazon series, One Mississippi, which was distributed and executive-produced by C.K.
In one episode, Notaro's wife Stephanie Allynne, who stars as sound engineer Kate on the series, was forced to watch her boss masturbate.
"Our entire writers' room is all female, and every person in the room has had an experience with assault, abuse or harassment in some way," Notaro said of the scene.
"Every story on One Mississippi is based in truth, and it's not necessarily my truth, but it's somebody's truth and something that somebody experienced or knew of the experience happening.
"We wanted to recreate that because people seemed to feel like this was hard to believe that this sort of behaviour would happen, because what is someone's motivation there? It's not somebody interested in somebody, it's not somebody flirting - it's something beyond that," she continued.
"It's power, it's abuse, it's disgusting. We wanted to send the message to everybody, truly - and we wrote this show in January months before these allegations came out."