Aziz Ansari has responded to published allegations that he assaulted a woman he dated last September.
News broke Saturday that comedian Aziz Ansari had allegedly assaulted a woman he briefly dated last year in a story published on Babe.net.
After meeting at an Emmy Awards show after party, Ansari and a woman engaged flirtatious text messages and eventually went out on a date. The date began nicely but ended in a dark place after Ansari immediately became aggressive upon returning to his apartment.
This is the text Grace* sent Aziz Ansari after their date which left her feeling “violated”. She tells Ansari how uncomfortable he made her feel, saying “you ignored clear non-verbal cues” and “kept going with advances.”— babe (@babedotnet) January 14, 2018
Read the full story on https://t.co/FyMMG6uO1j. pic.twitter.com/lPOvW6tFTr
The story at times accuses Ansari of forcing the woman to perform unwanted acts as well as providing him with ample messages that she was an uncomfortable and unwilling participant in the proceedings.
Her story swept headlines across the country as the latest big-name actor to be accused of assault.
Ansari released a statement via his representative today responding to the story and the accusations therein:
“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.”
Ansari’s response sheds light on a difficult question in allegations of assault: when one side views a situation entirely different than the other, and drugs and/or alcohol skews that difference of perception even more, how do you reconcile the situation when one side has been so horribly wronged?
It’s a question we as a society and the Time’s Up movement will be struggling with for some time yet to come.