Aziz Ansari says he is 'concerned and surprised' after being accused of sexual assault

A 23-year-old woman claimed her date with the Indian-origin actor-comedian Aziz Ansari turned into a nightmare

After a young photographer accused him of sexual misconduct, Aziz Ansari found himself in the midst of a Twitterstorm, with many criticised him for being hypocritic. But now, Ansari said their intimacy was consensual. In a statement, the Indian-origin actor-comedian said he was concerned and surprised when he learned about the incident. According to Ansari, he met a young woman at a party and they got involved sexually, which he thought happened with consent.

At the Golden Globes Awards this year, Aziz Ansari wore black as well as the Time’s Up badge in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual harassment. Ansari said in a statement that he still supported the movement.

Aziz Ansari at Golden Globes 2018

Aziz Ansari at Golden Globes 2018

His statement read:

“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.”

Babe magazine published a detailed account of a 23-year-old woman under the alias Grace who said her date with Aziz Ansari turned into a nightmare. Grace said she took time to understand that what happened with her was sexual assault. She accused Ansari of initiating sex without her consent.

“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.”

Also read: Accused of sexual misconduct after a date, Indian-origin actor Aziz Ansari faces backlash on Twitter

When the allegations surfaced, many Twitter users expressed shock. As Ansari was being vocal about the Time’s Up movement, this alleged behaviour seemed to be in stark contradiction.

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