Aziz Ansari has issued a statement after being accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he went on a date with back in September of last year.
The statement stems from a story that was published this past weekend on website Babe, where a woman recounted a date she had with Ansari. The woman alleges that the Master of None creator made unwanted sexual advances toward her when they went to his apartment after a dinner date. She also said Ansari “ignored clear non-verbal cues” and “kept going with advances” after she told him she was uncomfortable.
“I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz,” she said.
Following the release of the story Ansari issued a statement which can be read below in full.
“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. 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.”