Acotr and comedian Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous woman who claims that Ansari took her back to his apartment after a date and pressured her to have sex with him.
The account of the encounter first appeared on women's website Babe. The woman, referred to as Grace because she is not a public figure, tells the story of how the two met at an Emmy awards after-party and connected over photography. Ansari and Grace later went out on a dinner date in New York City that ended with the two of them in Ansari's apartment. Ansari then allegedly began kissing Grace upon arrival and putting his hand on the woman's breast. He told Grace that he would go an get a condom, but she asked if they could relax for a second.
I feel like this will get lost in the convo about if Aziz Ansari Did Sexual Assault - but that feeling when you you shut down and stop responding, and the guy just keeps going and you realize that he doesn't care if you're in your body or not? It's awful too.— Melinda Taub (@MelindaTaub) January 14, 2018
Ansari allegedly repeatedly moved Grace's hand to his penis for stimulation.
“He probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times,” Grace told Babe. “He really kept doing it after I moved it away.”
Ansari allegedly pushed for the two of them to engage in sexual intercourse. After becoming uncomfortable, Grace excused herself to the bathroom to splash some water on her face. After returning, Grace said that she did not want to have sex, and the two went to the couch to sit down and watch television.
Ansari continued to engage in sexual contact with Grace while on the couch, motioning for her to perform oral sex on him.
"I just felt really pressured. It was literally the most unexpected thing I thought would happen at that moment because I told him I was uncomfortable,” Grace told Babe.
Ansari attempted to have sex with Grace again before Grace dressed and left the apartment.
I've been thinking all night about why the Aziz Ansari allegations account struck me as strange and odd. Couldn't put my finger on it. Until...I realized in my 20s I'd had many many many dates just like Grace described in her account.— Nneka M. Okona 🇳🇬 (@afrosypaella) January 14, 2018
The next day, the comedian texted Grace to say that it was "fun" to meet her.
Grace responded, "Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me. You ignored clear non-verbal clues; you kept going with advances.”
Ansari responded by saying, “I’m so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”
The actor has been a supporter of the Time's Up, a movement dedicated to eliminating sexual assault. Much of his comedy and art over the years has focused on issues of race and sexual consent/assault.
Requests for comment from Ansari's team sent by Babe and Newsweek have both gone unanswered as of the time of writing.