Aziz Ansari responds to allegation of sexual misconduct

US comedian says he believed encounter was "completely consensual" after being accused of repeatedly trying to initiate sexual activity - despite signals that his date was uncomfortable

Roisin O'Connor
Monday 15 January 2018 09:07
Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari

US comedian and actor Aziz Ansari has responded to an accusation of sexual misconduct, saying he believed the encounter was "completely consensual".

A detailed account was published on the website babe from a 23-year-old photographer who said she felt "victimised" after a date with Ansari last year.

Under the pseudonym Grace, she alleged that when they returned from dinner to Ansari's apartment, he repeatedly tried to initiate sexual activity, despite her signals that she was uncomfortable. She alleges that the night ended with her going home in a taxi "in tears".

In a statement released via a representative, Ansari acknowledged they went on a date and "ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual".

"In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers," the statement read. "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."

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in