Comedian Louis CK has been accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose.
The reports details allegations that he repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.
The story also scrutinises the behaviour of CK's longtime manager, Dave Becky, of 3 Arts Entertainment, suggesting that Becky used his clout in the comedy world to pressure women to stay silent.
CK declined to comment for the Times' story on Thursday.
Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov are among the women who detail what they describe as a disturbing encounters with CK.
The pair said they were shocked when he invited them to his hotel room during the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in 2002 and allegedly stripped naked and began to masturbate.
Goodman and Wolov told the Times they spoke out about the incident within the tight-knit world of standup comedians but felt the pressure to avoid shaming a powerful figure in comedy.