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Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegation: 'I Took Her Words to Heart'

From TIME - January 14, 2018

Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to an allegation of sexual misconduct, saying in a statement Sunday that he believed the encounter was completely consensual.

Babe.net published a detailed account over the weekend from a woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer from New York, who said that a date she went on with Ansari last year left her feeling violated.

The woman, referred to in the article under the pseudonym Grace, said she felt compelled to speak out after seeing Ansari wearing a Times Up pin while accepting a Golden Globe for his Netflix series Master of None, which takes a humorous look at modern romance and the absurdities of dating culture.

In the article, the woman alleges that when they went back to Ansaris apartment after their date, he repeatedly tried to initiate sex and she felt uncomfortable at how quickly things escalated.

She said that he tried to coerce or pressure her into various sexual acts, and alleges that he ignored or didnt notice her signals of discomfort. The woman said she left his apartment in tears.

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