Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegation (UPDATE)
Aziz AnsariAddresses Sexual Misconduct AllegationIt Was 'Completely Consensual'
1/14/2018 7:03 AM PT
6:18 PM PT -- Aziz has responded saying he believed the sexual activity he engaged in with the anonymous woman was completely consensual. He says the day after the incident he got a text from her saying, "it may have seemed okay" but, after further reflection she felt uncomfortable. He says, "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."
Aziz says he "took her words to heart and responded privately." He says he continues to support the #MeToo and Time's Up movements as well.
Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who claims he repeatedly got sexually aggressive with her despite her protestations.
The woman -- who remains anonymous -- claims she went on a date with him last year and ended up in his Tribeca apartment. She claims he almost immediately began kissing, fondling and undressing her and then said he was going to grab a condom. The woman says she asked him to slow down, but he continued and performed oral sex on her.
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She says when he started sticking his fingers in her throat, she used "verbal and non-verbal cues" to indicate her discomfort.
The woman says she doesn't know if Ansari got the message at first, but when it eventually registered, she says he told her, "Of course, it's only fun if we're both having fun."
Still, she says Ansari continued to push himself on her. She says she eventually left in tears.
The woman, who first told her story to Babe.net, texted Ansari the next day, "Last night might have been fun for you it wasn't for me. When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable." She then described part of the encounter.
The woman says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes, where he won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on "Master of None."
We reached out to Ansari's rep ... so far, no word back.