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Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct

The Master of None creator has since responded to the allegations

A woman has come forward to accuse Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct while on a date, describing it as “by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had”.

Known by her pseudonym Grace, she told that she “felt violated… it took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault.”

The 23-year-old photographer detailed that after meeting the comedian at an awards afterparty and accepting a later invitation to dinner in New York, things quickly escalated at his apartment following their date. Grace asserted that he repeatedly ignored her verbal and non-verbal cues that she was uncomfortable with what he was doing. She said that Ansari put her hands on his penis several times and pressured her into oral sex.

“In a second, his hand was on my breast,” she relates. “The move he kept doing was taking his two fingers in a V-shape and putting them in my mouth, in my throat to wet his fingers, because the moment he’d stick his fingers in my throat he’d go straight for my vagina and try to finger me. He probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times... he really kept doing it after I moved it away. It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a fucking game.”

Grace described how she showed she wasn’t interested in pursuing sexual activity “by pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points. I stopped moving my lips and turned cold. I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.”

Grace said she left feeling “victimised” and in tears in a cab. She told him at a later date over text that he had ignored her obvious resistance to his advances, to which he replied: “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry”.

In a statement given to People magazine, Ansari responded: “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 OK’, upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem OK 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.” 

“It was actually painful to watch him win and accept an award,” Grace said in the Babe story. “And absolutely cringeworthy that he was wearing the Time’s Up pin.”

Ansari, a comedian and actor known for his Netflix series Master of None series, has been a vocal supporter of the Me Too movement, and wore a Time’s Up initiative pin to pick up his Golden Globe. His work, from Master of None to his book Modern Romance, has heavily explored women’s issues and relationships.