Mere hours after similar reports on photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, accusations of sexual misconduct have been levied against actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. An article on Babe details the act in question taking place on a date in 2017 with a woman named only as 'Grace' for privacy concerns.
After meeting and exchanging contacts at an afterparty for the 2017 Emmy Awards, Ansari invited Grace out on a date. They went out for dinner where the actor "was eager for them to leave" and shortly returned to his apartment. Grace then alleges that the actor tried repeatedly to initiate sex despite multiple verbal and nonverbal communications that she was not interested. “It really hit me that I was violated," she says, "I felt really emotional all at once when we sat down there. That that whole experience was actually horrible.”
Grace made her feelings known to Ansari the next day via text, to which he replied “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.” His representatives declined to comment for the article ahead of its publication.
Last night, Ansari issued a statement regarding the allegations, read it in full below:
In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.
The next day, I got a text from her saying that although “it may have seemed okay,” upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.
I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.
Head over to Babe to read Grace's account in full.
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