A 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer has spoken out about her horrendous experience with comedian and actor Aziz Ansari.
Grace (not her real name) told Babe she met Ansari during the 2017 awards season, when they flirted at an Emmys after party. She also says that Aziz coerced her into having oral sex.
Eventually Grace says they sat and watched television, where "it really hit me that I was violated".
In her detailed explanation of the disastrous date with the Parks and Recreation star, she voiced how "Ansari was eager for them to leave" right after dining at a high-end restaurant and taking her home. She says she went home and felt "groggy and miserable" the next day, telling some of her friends about the experience. She shared a screenshot of her text messages with Ansari after the disgusting encounter.
"Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me", the woman responded. When we got back to your place, you ignored clear non-verbal clues; you kept going with advances. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry.
Babe viewed the text exchange, and confirmed the number Grace was texting matched Ansari's details on a public register.
According to her, Ansari conducted himself in an inappropriate manner after the date but refrained from explicitly calling the encounter a rape.
Aziz Ansari after winning the Golden Globe/Image from Twitter.
He has built a career on comedy that focuses on issues of race and sexual consent, which has earned him considerable praise from prominent female voices.
Grace said she never saw Ansari again, that is until she saw him win a Best Actor award at the 2018 Golden Globes. It was at that time that her memories of the alleged incident flooded back. "But he kept asking, so I said, 'Next time.' And he goes, 'Oh, you mean second date?' and I go, 'Oh, yeah, sure, ' and he goes, 'Well, if I poured you another glass of wine now, would it count as our second date?'" He then poured her a glass and handed it to her.
Ansari and his representatives have yet to respond.