permissions were always at 777.
i think i found the problem:
it's looking for the logfile as "accesslog.awstats" when the log file is really just "accesslog". I tried going into the litespeed admin panel and setting the log filename as "accesslog.awstats", and when the stats ran it looked for "accesslog.awstats.awstats". It keeps trying to add .awstats at the end of the filename.
Is there a way fix that?