A 23-year-old NY photographer says she had an uncomfortable sexual encounter with Ansari at his apartment after a date.
Ansari at the time responded with an apology, saying "it would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described". "A movement that has finally changed an oversexed professional environment that I too have struggled through at times over the last 30 years in broadcasting". Online. "We exchanged numbers".
Ansari issued a statement through his publicist Sunday saying he thought the sexual activity was "by all indications. completely consensual".
"It was true that everything did seem OK to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned".
Ansari has been a supporter of the Time's Up movement, which aims to eliminate sexual misconduct, and wore a pin emblazoned with the campaign's name at this year's Golden Globe awards. "It is necessary and long overdue", he added.More news: How low will Donald Trump go with his insults?
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According to an article, Grace claimed she went on a date with him in September 2017 and he wound up getting too sexually pushy with her in his Tribeca apartment.
Banfield criticized "Grace" - the pseudonym used by Ansari's accuser - for claiming that a sexual encounter that was "unpleasant" was akin to rape or sexual assault. After meeting at an Emmy Awards after-party, the Master of None star allegedly took her out on a dinner date in New York City, where it felt like "Ansari was eager for them to leave", according to the article. "That last hour was so out of my hand", she told Babe.
When Ansari told her he was going to grab a condom within minutes of their first kiss, she voiced her hesitation explicitly. In her response, she told him that she felt "uncomfortable" and "uneasy". Eventually, they performed oral sex on each other, Grace claimed.
Speaking to Babe, Grace mentioned the glaring gap between Ansari's comedy persona and the behavior she experienced in his apartment as a reason why she didn't get out earlier. "He really kept doing it after I moved it away".
Grace then accused Ansari of attempting to have sex with her again, to which she refused his advances, at one point ramming his penis against her behind. "You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable", she allegedly wrote in a text to the actor the day after their date. He replied, "of course, it's only fun if we're both having fun", and then suggested they "chill" on the couch.
Grace told Babe she had given Ansari several verbal and non-verbal indicators throughout the night to show that she didn't want to go further.