A year after sexual misconduct claims, Aziz Ansari says he felt too 'terrified' to talk about it
By Barfi Culture Team
13th February 2019

It has been a year since writer and actor Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated. And for a year he avoided the topic after the initial apology.

That is, until this week.

In a special popup show on Monday at New York's Village Underground, he talked about it for the first time. These last-minute shows have been used by Ansari to trial new jokes and get comfortable before his international tour this year.

During the show he first ventured onto the topic with a soft joke, according to the Vulture.

Ansari says someone stopped him on the street to mention his Netflix show, only to realize he was referring to Hasan Minaj. Then the fan realised his mistake.

"Oh, no, Aziz, right?"
"Yeah, yeah, that’s me."
"Master of None!"
"Yeah, yeah, that’s me."
"Parks and Rec!"
"Yeah, yeah, that’s me."
"Treat yourself!"
"Yeah, yeah, that’s me."
"And you had the whole thing come out last year — sexual misconduct?"
"No, no, no, no, no, no, that’s Hasan!"

Then his voice somber as he focused on the elephant in the room.

He said he had taken this long to address the issue for two reasons: he wanted time to process and determine what to say, and secondly because "it’s a terrifying thing to talk about," he said according to the Vulture.

He added: "There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way. But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person."

He said the incident made some of his friends reevaluate their dates too.

"If that (incident) has made not just me but other guys think about this, and just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment, that’s a good thing."

Reaction on social media has largely been positive

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