Louis C.K. cut from HBO special following sexual misconduct allegations

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Louis C K at Comic Relief 2006, the live all-star comedy event to help families affected by Hurricane Katrina at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada - 18.11.06 Featuring: Louis C K Where: United States When: 18 Nov 2006 Credit: Judy Eddy / WENN

Comedian Louis C.K. has been dropped from the upcoming HBO Night of Too Many Stars autism awareness special amid reports of sexual misconduct.

A group of women have come forward to accuse the funnyman of masturbating in front of them as part of a New York Times expose, published on Thursday.

The scandal also prompted distributors of his new film, "I Love You Daddy," pulling a planned premiere, while Louis has also scrapped a scheduled appearance on U.S. show The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The comic has yet to address the accusations against him but a spokesman tells WENN, "In the coming days, Louis will issue a written statement."

HBO's Night of Too Many Stars autism special will air live next week. The network's bosses have also removed Louis C.K.'s past projects from their on-demand platforms. These include his 2006 comedy series "Lucky Louie."

Meanwhile, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander and Rosie O'Donnell have joined those addressing the Louis C.K. scandal on social media.

Alexander tweets: "Gentlemen, comedy is often inappropriate. It is sometimes daring and audacious and shocking. But our behavior, in the real world, toward women - that doesn’t get a pass on inappropriate."

Rosie adds: "wow i guess nothing will ever surprise me again regarding men."