Aziz Ansari responds to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated
By Barfi Culture Team
15th January 2018

The actor Aziz Ansari today responded to allegations of sexual misconduct that were posted to a website last night.

A woman named Grace wrote that she had met him after the Emmy Awards party in 2017 and went on a date soon after.

That turned out to be, in her words, "the worst night of my life".

In her article she said she had continually used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how uncomfortable and distressed she was.

But rather than stop, she alleged, Ansari kept on pushing her towards more sexual activity.

"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."

The next day she texted him to say: "Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me."

"You ignored clear non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances," she added. "I want to make sure you’re aware so maybe the next girl doesn’t have to cry on the ride home."

He responded by saying: "I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry."

Last night, after the encounter was posted to, Aziz Ansari published a response.

Here it is in full.

"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."

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