Aziz Ansari responds to report about sexual encounter with 23-year-old woman

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari  has issued a statement in response to a report in which a woman recounted a date with the actor that she called “the worst night of my life.”

“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,” said Ansari in a statement given to PEOPLE. “We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.”

Continued the statement, “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,” the 34-year-old Master of None star said.

Ansari’s statement was in response to the claims of a woman referred to only as a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer named “Grace,” which were recounted to Babe.

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Grace claimed that after meeting Ansari at an Emmy Awards afterparty in September 2017, they exchanged numbers and eventually went on a date. After a meal, she said they returned to his apartment, where she alleged that several sexual acts occurred though she was “physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested.”

She said that she told Ansari she didn’t want to feel forced into sex, and claimed that though he expressed understanding, he later again allegedly kept trying to kiss her and undo her pants.

The anonymous woman claimed that Ansari called her a car when she wanted to leave, and texted her the next day. She shared a screenshot of the alleged conversation, in which she said, “Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me. You ignored clear non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances.”

“I’m so sad to hear this,” he allegedly responded. “All I can say is, it would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.”

 

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