Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘I Took Her Words To Heart And Responded Privately’

Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman who went on a date with him last year, detailing her story for the Babe website.

The anonymous accuser — dubbed “Grace” in the story — described her awkward, uncomfortable evening that ended with her in tears while driving home in an Uber after the date gone wrong.

After meeting the “Master of None” star an Emmys after-party in 2017, she and Ansari met for dinner, and then returned to his nearby apartment, at which point Ansari quickly began getting sexual.

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“In a second, his hand was on my breast,” she alleged, adding that the former “Parks and Recreation” star went “to grab a condom within minutes of their first kiss.”

She also alleged that Ansari repeatedly stuck his fingers down her throat, and then briefly performed oral sex on her.

“Grace” also said she repeatedly used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate that she was uncomfortable with how quickly everything was moving. “Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points,” she said. “I stopped moving my lips and turned cold.”

After Ansari repeatedly asked her, “Where do you want me to f**k you?” she said she went to the bathroom to collect herself. When she exited, she told him, “I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you, and I’d rather not hate you.”

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After acquiescing to Ansari’s non-verbal request that she perform oral sex on him, they eventually sat together and watched a “Seinfeld” episode, at which point she said “it really hit me that I was violated.”

Later, she returned home in an Uber. “I cried the whole ride home,” she added. “At that point I felt violated. That last hour was so out of my hand.”

The next day, she alleged, Ansari sent her a text to say it was “fun” meeting her.

“Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me,” she allegedly responded. “You ignored clear non-verbal clues; you kept going with advances.”

Ansari’s alleged response: “I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”

Speaking with Babe, the woman explained why she didn’t leave Ansari’s apartment when things became uncomfortable.

“I didn’t leave because I think I was stunned and shocked,” she said. “This was not what I expected. I’d seen some of his shows and read excerpts from his book and I was not expecting a bad night at all, much less a violating night and a painful one.”

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Watching Ansari win an award at the Golden Globes, she added, led memories of that night to flood back. “It was actually painful to watch him win and accept an award,” she said. “And absolutely cringe-worthy that he was wearing the Time’s Up pin. I think that started a new fire, and it kind of made it more real […] I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz. I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”

Ansari clarified details of the allegations against him in a statement obtained by ET Canada.

“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers,” said Ansari. “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.”

Continuing, “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.”

The “Master of None” star also voiced his support for the movement against sexual misconduct: “I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

 

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