By Dave McNary
Universal Pictures and Illumination have terminated their relationship with disgraced comedian Louis C.K. for the sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2.
He voiced the lead character Max, a Jack Russell terrrier, in last year's animated comedy. The sequel is schedule to open on June 7, 2019.
Universal and Illumination made a short one-sentence announcement on Friday afternoon and did not elaborate. The move came a day after the New York Times published a story alleging that C.K. had repeatedly asked women he encountered in work-related environments to watch him masturbate.
He confirmed the stories on Friday morning.
"These stories are true," C.K. said in his statement. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my d-ck without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."