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Aziz Ansari Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Superstar comedian Aziz  Ansari has denied claims of sexual misconduct after a woman revealed details about a date she had with him.

The 23-year-old woman was identified as Grace, Babe reported. She said she met Ansari at an after-party for the Emmy's in Los Angeles in September 2017.

Grace, who is a photographer, said she noticed Ansari had the same kind of camera she had. They exchanged phone numbers and went on a date after returning to New York.

On Sept. 25, 2017, Grace said she visited Ansari at his apartment where they drank wine together and talked. They then went to an oyster bar before returning back to Ansari's apartment.

At the apartment, Grace said Ansari began kissing her and told her he was going to grab a condom.

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"I said something like, 'Whoa, let’s relax for a sec, let’s chill,'" Grace recalled. She said Ansari then performed oral sex on her and asked her to do the same for him. She said she agreed to do so for a brief amount of time.

"It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex," Grace said, adding that Ansari kept doing a specific move on her.

"The move he kept doing was taking his two fingers in a V-shape and putting them in my mouth, in my throat to wet his fingers, because the moment he’d stick his fingers in my throat he’d go straight for my vagina and try to finger me," Grace said.

Grace said Ansari kept moving her hand to touch his penis. She said she was showing signs of disinterest.

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"Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling," Grace recalled. "I know that my hand stopped moving at some points. I stopped moving my lips and turned cold."

Grace said Ansari kept pressuring her to have sex with him.

"I wasn’t really even thinking of that, I didn’t want to be engaged in that with him. 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?'" Grace recalled.

Grace, who was 22 years old at the time, said she eventually decided to leave and that Ansari got her a ride home.

"I cried the whole ride home. At that point I felt violated," she said. "That last hour was so out of my hand."

"I didn’t leave because I think I was stunned and shocked," Grace added. "This was not what I expected. I’d seen some of his shows and read excerpts from his book and I was not expecting a bad night at all, much less a violating night and a painful one."

Ansari has since issued a statement to Variety through his publicist:

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.

Sources: Babe, Variety / Featured Image: Tyler Ross via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Babe, Timothy Krause/Flickr

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