Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

A Brooklyn-based photographer gave a first-person account of how her date with Ansari turned into one of her nightmares. The woman, who goes by the changed name "Grace", said she met Ansari at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Later, as Grace says, the two flirted with each other and chose to go on a date, which is where things went wrong. While she explains that she was initially "excited" for the date, the night would terminate with her in tears.

Grace claimed that following an initial meeting at Ansari's apartment, and a whirlwind dinner at a NY restaurant, the pair travelled back to his apartment where he reportedly began "undressing her, then he undressed himself". She also says that Aziz coerced her into having oral sex. She asked Aziz to "slow down" but the comedian responded, "Where do you want me to f*** you?"

She claims she used continual verbal and non-verbal indicators that she was uncomfortable, and eventually told him she didn't "want to feel forced".

The Instagram handle by the username "babedotnet" also shared the screenshots of their flirtatious WhatsApp conversation that happened over the following week after Ansari and Grace exchanged their phone numbers at the after-party. "Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me", she started. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points, ' she said, adding that 'he probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times. She said, "When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances".

Ashamed of ignoring the obvious signs of discomfort, Ansari apologised along the lines, "Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry".

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Grace told the publication, "It was actually painful to watch him win and accept an award".

He wore the Time's Up pin to solidarity with the victims of sexual assault and pay parity.

Aziz has not responded to the allegations. I think that started a new fire, and it kind of made it more real [.] I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz. "It was by far the worst experience with a man I've ever had".

Either, way, the story only represents trouble for Master of None and for Ansari who had just begun to make a mark in the industry.

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