Trans actress Jen Richards lost a role because of Louis CK’s sexual harassment

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Actress Jen Richards, known for her Emmy Award-nominated series Her Story and her appearance on the CMT drama Nashville, said that she was one of the stars of The Cops, an upcoming animated series that was co-created and co-starred comedian Louis C.K.

The Cops is an animated show that would have debuted in 2018 on TBS. It was canceled following a New York Times story from Thursday in which five women accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them, on the phone with them, or asking if he could. In a statement on Friday, C.K. said that the women’s stories are true and expressed remorse for his actions.

Richards said on Twitter that she would have played a trans character on The Cops had it not been canceled.

She followed that tweet by saying that she generally supports increased punishment of sexual harassers.

Even though the show has not yet been made, if it’s based on a concept co-created by C.K., then he would have been credited in every episode. Eliminating him from the cast would not have been a simple solution for TBS if they wanted to distance themselves from him.

What TBS could do to decrease the collateral damage here would be to give C.K.’s time slot to a project created by someone who isn’t a straight, white, cis man.

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