Woman Says Date With Aziz Ansari Was 'Worst Night of Life'

Ansari responds after interview in which NYC woman says she felt 'violated' after date with him
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 5:33 AM CST
Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegation
Aziz Ansari arrives at the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Grace (not her real name) was watching the Golden Globes earlier this month when she spotted Master of None star Aziz Ansari accepting an award. In an interview on Babe.net, the 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer says it was "cringeworthy" to see Ansari wearing a "Time's Up" pin, because she'd had a date with him in September that "turned into the worst night of my life." The two initially hit it off at an Emmys after-party; shortly after, they arranged to meet up in New York City. After dinner out, they went back to his apartment, and Grace says Ansari wouldn't stop trying to get sexual with her. "I said something like, 'Whoa, let's relax for a sec, let's chill," she recalls after he said he was going to get a condom right after they kissed for the first time.

But she says he didn't let up, and throughout the evening he followed her around, sticking his fingers in her mouth, trying to get her to touch him, and asking for sex. Grace concedes they did have oral sex, because she says she felt worn down, and she left in an Uber, feeling "violated." When Aziz texted the next day to say he'd had fun, she told him she hadn't and explained. He replied: "I'm so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry." Per the Hollywood Reporter, Ansari has issued a statement, saying their "sexual activity" was "by all indications ... completely consensual." "Everything did seem OK to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," he notes, adding: "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue." (More Aziz Ansari stories.)

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